ADHD Testing for Children in Marin County
Signs and symptoms of ADHD in children.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that arises during childhood. ADHD symptoms vary from student to student. Youth who struggle with ADHD may be inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive, or have a combination of inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior. Youth who have difficulties with attention may have trouble concentrating on a particular task. They may become easily distracted. Youth who struggle with hyperactivity or impulsivity may be restless. Some may have difficulty staying seated, feel compelled to do multiple things at once, or react quickly without much thought. Despite understanding the consequences of their behavior, youth with ADHD struggle to manage their behavior.
While it is normal for children to exhibit some of these behaviors, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are indications of ADHD. ADHD can impede learning. Often, youth with ADHD are described as lacking social or emotional maturity. ADHD can make maintaining friendships very difficult. ADHD can also lead to stress and conflict within a family. For these reasons, it is helpful to diagnose ADHD and intervene as early as possible.
The causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The specific causes of ADHD have yet to be identified. The underlying causes appear to be related to differences in the anatomy and neurochemistry of the brain. ADHD has a strong genetic component and can be present in families. Watching television, eating too much sugar, and exposure to family stress do not cause ADHD, but may exacerbate ADHD symptoms for some youth.
Stereotypical symptoms of ADHD such as inattention, difficulty with planning and organization, and problems with behavior, can also be symptoms of a Learning Disorder or other related condition. Some research indicates that nearly 50% of youth who have ADHD also have a co-existing learning problem.
How can ADHD Assessments for children help?
Psychological assessment is beneficial to students who are having problems with attention and learning. Psychological assessment helps students and parents understand the underlying cause of the areas where students need more support. Once a pattern of strengths and weaknesses is understood, students and parents can work with the school to implement school-based plans that support students in the classroom. College-aged students can work with their institution’s learning support center to implement plans that foster academic success. For students of all ages, support strategies can be practiced at home to enhance focus and concentration.
ADHD Tests for Children in Marin County, CA
Dr. Silva Hassert at Mind Rising Psychological Assessment offers ADHD assessment tests for children in Marin County, CA. She serves San Rafael, Sausalito, Novato, Mill Valley, and the surrounding areas.
200 Tamal Plaza Ste. 235 Corte Madera CA 94925 Phone: 415-417-4147