What is ADHD?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with functioning or development. It involves more than just difficulty maintaining attention.

Isn’t ADHD just about being hyperactive?

ADHD can present in several ways, not just through hyperactivity:

Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play

Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat

Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected

Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”

Often talks excessively

Girl being distracted at her desk
Children are playing jenga, a wood blocks tower game for practice

Can you diagnose ADHD?

ADHD diagnosis requires an evaluation by a healthcare professional so we are unable to provide a diagnosis.  When seeking a diagnosis, a healthcare professional usually gathers detailed histories from parents, teachers, and the individual. Understanding the full scope of behavior across different settings is essential for a reliable diagnosis.

There is nothing needed to prepare for an assessment!

The assessment takes about 1 ½-2 hours. During that time, there would be a series of questions asked of the potential client and his/her parents/partner.  The questions are designed to learn how the learning issue impacts both school and life and to reveal the ways this person is gifted. Time is spent in learning how best to orient the potential client if they decide to proceed, and in getting an overview of what can be expected during a program.  There is time for questions and concerns.