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ADHD Assessment

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects a child’s behaviour. Children and adolescents with ADHD may experience difficulties in the following areas:

  • Inattention – difficulty sustaining attention, easily distracted, often forgetful.
  • Impulsivity – interrupts others, acts without thinking.
  • Hyperactivity – restless, seems overly active, often fidgets.

These symptoms often affect many aspects of a child’s life, sometimes causing difficulties in social relationships and academic performance. Children and teenagers with ADHD who don’t receive appropriate help in managing their symptoms are placed at a higher risk of developing learning difficulties, risky behaviours, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. As a result, it’s important to identify and treat ADHD as early as possible.

Our ADHD assessment process involves the following steps:

  1. Parent Initial Consultation – 50 minutes, with both parents where appropriate
  2. Intellectual (IQ) Assessment – 90 minutes, individually with the child
  3. Functional Assessment – 90 minutes, individually with the child
  4. Social, Emotional & Behavioural Assessment – rating scales completed, with parents and teachers
  5. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation – please allow 4 to5 weeks following the assessment
  6. Parent Feedback Consultation – 50 minutes, with both parents where appropriate.

To find out more about ADHD assessments available near you, contact us today.

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How is ADHD diagnosed?

Many of the behaviours associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are developmentally appropriate in childhood. Therefore, it is essential that a comprehensive assessment is appropriately conducted to allow for reliable and valid diagnostic decisions.

  • An assessment involves a diagnostic interview with parents and the use of behavioural rating scales to gain information about the child’s functioning at both home and school.
  • A comprehensive assessment provides deep understanding about how a child’s ADHD may be affecting their everyday life. As such, our assessments uncover strengths and struggles in intellectual, learning and social functioning.
  • An intellectual (IQ) assessment is an essential component of the ADHD testing process to rule out other difficulties (such as intellectual impairments or learning disorders). At Early Start Australia, we take time to work with parents and their child to unravel the complexities associated with ADHD.

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The ESA difference

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Our dedicated teams of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists work with our clients to help them meet their growth and development goals.

We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.

Why choose Early Start Australia

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Multi-disciplinary team

Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

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Australian wide network of centres

We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.

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Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.

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