We are leading London ADHD specialists. We can explore your child’s symptoms, offer a private ADHD assessment and develop a bespoke ADHD treatment plan. Dr Jenna Vyas-Lee is a private child psychologist who has helped many children with ADHD to successfully manage their symptoms. Read on to learn more about the condition and our ADHD services in London.
Child ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that often continues into adulthood. It stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A child with ADHD may have difficulty sustaining attention, be hyperactive (constantly moving) and behave impulsively (without thinking things through). Left untreated, these symptoms can affect a child’s success at school, create behavioural difficulties and cause problems at home. ADHD affects millions of children worldwide and typically appears in early childhood. If your child has ADHD, you may start to notice symptoms before they reach the age of 6 of 7.
The symptoms of ADHD can be grouped into two main types:
Some children experience both groups of symptoms. Others just experience inattentiveness but not hyperactivity or impulsiveness. When children just experience inattentiveness symptoms this is called ADD (attention deficit disorder).
Short attention span
Getting distracted easily
Constantly switching tasks
Difficulty with organisation
Forgetting or losing things
Not finishing more involved tasks
Having trouble listening or following instructions
Making careless mistakes
Trouble waiting their turn
Running or climbing aimlessly
Trouble sitting still
Acting without considering consequences
Not being aware of danger
For your child to receive an ADHD diagnosis, they need to be formally assessed by a child ADHD specialist. This could be a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist or a paediatrician. A GP can’t formally diagnose ADHD, but they can refer you to a specialist who can. There isn’t one simple test for ADHD. A health professional can only reach a diagnosis after a detailed assessment.
Spending time with your child to observe their symptoms
Analysing reports form you as a parent and your child’s teachers
Discussing your child’s development history with you as a parent
Looking at outcomes from standardised questionnaires
Have been showing continuously for at least 6 months
Started before the age of 12
Occur in at least two different settings (for example, home and school)
Make functioning in the world harder on a social, emotional, and
Are not better accounted for by another diagnosis
Kove offers ADHD treatment and child therapy in London. ADHD treatment can help your child to manage their symptoms. This can lessen the impact symptoms have on home and school life. Both therapy and medication can help children manage ADHD. Often a combination of the two works best.
Kove offers psychoeducation and adapted cognitive behavioural therapy. These two models of therapy help your child manage their ADHD symptoms. Psychoeducation is when a therapist helps you as a parent to discuss ADHD and its effects with your child. This can help you and your child make sense of the diagnosis and find ways to cope.
Adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a tailored version of CBT to suit your child’s specific ADHD symptoms. Adapted CBT can support parents, children and teachers to navigate the condition. Often a reward system is used to help your child self-manage ADHD. Your therapist will work with you to identify which behaviours you want to encourage.
Medications available to treat ADHD include:
As a private child psychology service, practioners at Kove do not prescribe medication. If you want to explore medication options, we can refer your child to a prescribing psychiatrist. You can find out more about how ADHD medications work on the NHS website.
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If your child is showing symptoms of ADHD, we can help. The first step towards managing the condition and improving behaviour is proper diagnosis. Kove offers comprehensive private ADHD assessments. We will take the time to fully understand your child’s symptoms so we can diagnose or rule out ADHD. Contact us today to discuss your child’s needs and arrange an assessment. We can visit your home or carry out the assessment at one of our London clinics near you.
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