Attention Deficit Disorder ADD / Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
ADD and ADHD in Children
If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), or you suspect that behavioural issues may be ADHD, then you may want to better understand the disorder and how it can properly diagnosed, and then managed.
The prevalence of ADHD in children is thought to be in the range of 5%, and although the exact cause of ADHD has not been pinpointed, it is recognised as often having a genetic link. If ADHD has been diagnosed in a sibling or parent then it is 6-8 more times more likely to be diagnosed, than without the genetic history.
Is ADHD different to ADD
There are considered to be three main types of ADHD and ADD is one of these.
ADD, which is also known as inattentive ADHD, is typically characterized by inattention, being easily distracted and having difficulty completing tasks.
ADHD is characterized by constant fidgeting, difficulties playing quietly, interrupting or excessive talking.
Combined Type ADHD displays in a mixture of both of the above sets of symptoms.
Symptoms of ADHD – What To Look for:
- Is easily distracted
- Is always fidgeting
- Has a limited attention span
ADHD sufferers can also experience problems sleeping, learning difficulties and in completing daily tasks.
The treatment of ADHD can help your child to learn ways of developing their social skills and controlling impulsive behaviours.
Treatment of ADHD
ADHD can only be diagnosed by a suitable health professional, usually a paediatrician or psychologist who has undertaken a full assessment of your child’s behaviour.
In many cases, behavioural issues can have other causes, so careful assessment and observation is required. ADHD is thought to be a problem within the brain, and not your child behaving badly.
Occupational therapy can assist with ADHD in children by working with them to improve their abilities in social situations, improve concentration and increase their confidence.
At Baobab we have extensive experience working with children with a range of learning and behavioural difficulties. Our work also extends to parents and teachers, in helping them to understand how to best to support these children in all their environments.