What Parents Need to Know: 7 Key Facts About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD

7 Key Facts About ADHD

According to WebMD, “ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The symptoms differ from person to person. ADHD was formerly called ADD, or attention deficit disorder. Both children and adults can have ADHD, but the symptoms always begin in childhood.” But did you know:

  1. ADHD occurs in an average of 3-5% of all children worldwide. 
  2. Boys with ADHD outnumber girls approximately 3 to 1.
  3. There are two different types of ADHD predominately hyperactive / impulsive and predominately inattentive 
  4. 50% of teenagers with ADHD were also diagnosed with anxiety.
  5. 40% of all children with ADHD have at least one parent with the same condition, and 30% have a sibling with ADHD.
  6. Teenagers don’t “outgrow” ADHD and the condition may present adults with lifelong challenges.
  7. ADHD often occurs with other conditions such as Bi-polar Disorder (10%), Anxiety (25%), Learning Disabilities (25%), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (67%).

Does my child need ADHD screening?

Making the decision to have a child evaluated may be difficult. Parents can struggle with fear, worry, and even shame. However, a persistent feeling that “something is off” is an indicator that testing is necessary.

The good news is, that once an evaluation is completed, a report will yield crucial, detailed information about the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and neurological development.

What is the testing process?

Because there’s no clinical test that can detect ADHD, a diagnosis depends on a complete evaluation by psychiatrists or psychologists.

After the evaluations, recommendations will be made to parents and educators regarding the best teaching methods and educational environment for the student to reach his or her full potential.

After the tests, what’s the next step?

The resulting formal report can be used to:

  • Document the need for special services to be provided by the schools
  • Take extended time SATs and High School Entrance Exams, and many other tests
  • Evaluate for entrance into a gifted program
  • Accommodate through 504 Plans

ADHD, psycho-educational testing and evaluations in Delaware and southern Chester County

At Back to Basics, psycho-educational evaluations are performed by licensed, clinical psychologists on staff. Using the most sophisticated measures available, Back to Basics can help maximize a student’s success by analyzing the style in which he or she learns, his or her strengths and non-strengths as well as any learning differences. To learn more or schedule a test, please contact Back to Basics at 302-594-0754.

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