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Psychology Melbourne provides comprehensive psychological testing and assessment for children between the ages of 6 and 12 to determine whether there will be a diagnosis of ADHD.
The ADHD assessment explores your child’s behaviour and developmental history over 4 hours of interviews with you, your child, and other professionals, such as teachers, etc.
If your child receives a positive diagnosis of ADHD, it is important to start managing it now rather than let it continue into adulthood, creating major problems.
Our psychologists can help with recommendations for further treatment.
ADHD is not considered a “disease” but a neurological difference, and therefore can’t be “cured”. Some children may recover fully from their disorder by age 21 or 27, however, in 50-86 percent of cases, major problems persist into adulthood.
ADHD is thought to be partly genetic as research shows that parents and siblings of ADHD children are more likely to have ADHD themselves.
What is Child ADHD?
Children can exhibit Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms before age 12, and in some cases as early as 3 years of age.
- Inattention - will often have difficulty concentrating
- Impulsivity - will often interrupt others
- Hyperactivity - will often be in constant motion and unable to sit still
Not every child who is overly hyperactive, inattentive, or impulsive has ADHD. Many children blurt out things they didn't mean to say, bounce from one task to another, or become forgetful.
Assessment of ADHD in children requires careful consideration of presenting traits and behaviours, clinical observation, interviews with family members and teachers, and screening measures.
Although ADHD is not a form of Autism, many of their symptoms overlap, making is difficult to diagnose.
How does an ADHD Assessment work?
When you purchase the Child ADHD package, our Assessment Manager will contact you to arrange your first appointment with your assessment psychologist who will be experienced in working with children with ADHD. For children, these appointments need to be done in person, not online.
The comprehensive Child ADHD assessment package is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years and is conducted over 4 sessions. Following these, you will receive a comprehensive ADHD Interpretative Report with diagnosis and recommendations.
The Assessment package includes:
- 4 x 1-hour interviews with our psychologist, including a combination of interviews and observation of the child, interviews with parents and other professionals, such as teachers.
- Administration of ADHD rating scales and other screening tests
- An Interpretative Report with recommendations for future actions
- 1 x 1- hour feedback session in which a written report is presented and discussed.
The ADHD screening and other assessment measures are completed by the child (depending on age), family members, and other significant individuals such as a teacher, who can contribute to a comprehensive developmental and behavioural history. Medical, paediatric, or psychiatric information may be required for further diagnosis.
Your child’s pattern of behaviour will be compared against a set of diagnostic criteria and characteristics of the ADHD disorder. As some traits can overlap with other mental health conditions, your psychologist may identify other potential causes of your child’s symptoms such as, normal developmental presentations, learning difficulties, oppositional issues, mood problems and medical conditions.
To assess whether your child has a positive diagnosis of ADHD, your psychologist will consider several critical questions: are they experiencing a continuous problem and not just a response to a temporary situation? Do their behaviours occur in several settings or only in one specific place like the playground or the office?
What is the best Treatment?
The most recommended treatment for child ADHD includes prescription treatments, psychological counselling and skills development training. Parents need to work together closely to help their child manage their ADHD symptoms.
Some psychiatrists will give you a discount if you provide your Psychology Melbourne ADHD assessment for them as it saves them time.
Behavior therapy can take longer but it provides everlasting benefits for your child as they grow into adulthood. It can improve your child’s self-control and self-esteem and is most effective when it is supported by parents.
Psychology Melbourne’s ADHD comprehensive Report provides recommendations for psychological counselling and behavioral therapy for you and your child. Parent training in behaviour management includes learning skills and strategies to assist their ADHD child academically and with social relationships.
Other conditions may also be potential causes of your child’s symptoms such as, developmental issues, learning difficulties, oppositional issues, mood problems and medical conditions. If present these will be outlined in your child’s report and recommendations provided.
Psychology Melbourne has psychologists experienced in working with parents and children in one-on-one counselling. In addition, we are planning next year to start training courses for parents to teach them skills and strategies to help their ADHD child.
How much does it cost?
Psychology Melbourne cost-effective Child ADHD package provides you with an finite cost for you assessment. The Child ADHD package costs: $2,000.
To see what this package includes, go to "How does an ADHD Assessment work?" above or view our FAQs below.
How to make an appointment
To book an ADHD Assessment:
Use the form below to pay for your assessment in full.
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After we receive your payment, our reception staff will contact you to book an appointment time.