ADHD Screening & Support

What is an ADHD Assessment?

ADHD screening helps to find out if you or your child has ADHD. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it also includes ADD (attention-deficit disorder).

ADHD is a behavioral disorder that makes it hard for someone to sit still, pay attention, and focus on tasks. People with ADHD may also be easily distracted and/or act without thinking.

ADHD affects millions of children and often lasts into adulthood. Until their own children are diagnosed, many adults don't realize symptoms they've had since childhood may be related to ADHD.

Essentially, ADHD screening is used to diagnose ADHD. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

How do you know if your child needs a ADHD screening?

 Common ADHD symptoms has been identified as follow:

Symptoms of impulsivity include:

  • Nonstop talking

  • Having trouble waiting for a turn in games or activities

  • Interrupting others in conversations or games

  • Taking unnecessary risks

Symptoms of hyperactivity include:

  • Frequent fidgeting with hands

  • Squirming when seated

  • Trouble staying seated for long periods of time

  • An urge to keep in constant motion

  • Difficulty doing quiet activities

  • Trouble completing tasks

  • Forgetfulness

Symptoms of inattention include:

  • Short attention span

  • Trouble listening to others

  • Being easily distracted

  • Trouble staying focused on tasks

  • Poor organizational skills

  • Trouble attending to details

  • Forgetfulness

  • Avoidance of tasks that require a lot of mental effort, such as schoolwork, or for adults, working on complicated reports and forms. 

How does a ADHD screening work?

There is no specific ADHD test. Screening usually involves several steps, including:

  • A physical exam to find out if a different type of disorder is causing symptoms.

  • An interview. You or your child will be asked about behavior and activity level.

The following screening methods are specifically designed for children:

  • Interviews or questionnaires with people who interact regularly with your child. These may include family members, teachers, coaches, and babysitters.

  • Behavioral tests. These are written tests designed to measure a child's behavior compared with the behavior of other children the same age.

  • Cognitive assessments. These tests measure thinking and intelligence.

Services offered are:

Child Psychologist Strand, Child Psychologist Gordons bay, Educational Psychologist Strand, Educational Psychologist Gordons bay, ADHD Cape Town