can be diagnosed in children as young as four years old; however,
most children aren’t tested until they start to experience problems in
school or if they are exhibiting problematic behaviors in the home setting. ADHD is made up of three classic symptoms:
- Inattentiveness: short attention span; often daydreaming; easily distracted; makes careless mistakes; forgets or loses things easily; jumps from task to task
- Hyperactivity: fidgety and constantly “on the go”; can’t seem to sit still
- Impulsivity: often interrupts others and has trouble waiting in line or waiting their turn; can’t play quietly; acts without thinking
It’s important to recognize that someone does not need to display all of these symptoms in order to have ADHD. ADHD looks different for everyone, and some people may experience only one of these symptoms while others may display all three.
There are several things that will occur when you come to our office to have your child/teen evaluated for possible ADHD. Dr. Sengstock will complete a comprehensive evaluation that includes a detailed interview regarding your concerns and the child's history, a review of past school records or evaluation records, a review of information gained from collateral sources (e.g., teachers or other school professionals, therapists, etc.) regarding the child's behaviors, and administration of tests that not only look at ADHD symptomatology but also assess for other possible factors that "look like" ADHD but in fact are the underlying issues impacting behavior and academic performance. Dr. Sengstock has extensive training, experience, and expertise in diagnosing ADHD, and she is happy to talk with parents further if they have questions regarding the assessment process.
The most important part of a neuropsychological evaluation is providing recommendations for treatment of ADHD so that the child/teenager can thrive behaviorally and academically. Behavioral interventions to treat ADHD symptoms will be discussed, and some parents also wish to discuss medication as a tool for treatment. Dr. Sengstock works with parents to review these options, and (if parents request) she follows up with school professionals regarding the child's needs in the school setting. Furthermore, she provides ongoing consultation with parents as the child ages in order to help with future concerns and advocate for the child's needs.
Sengstock Pediatric Neuropsychology provides comprehensive ADHD testing for children and adolescents. If your child is experiencing symptoms of ADHD call us today.