Does your child have trouble paying attention? Does he or she talk nonstop or have trouble staying still? Does your child have a hard time controlling his or her behavior?
For some children, these may be symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain based neurological disorder that begins in childhood. Despite being one of the most commonly studied and diagnosed mental health conditions in children, its causes are still unknown.
The symptoms of ADHD such as poor focus to tasks, being highly distractible, disorganized, excessively fidgety and impulsive are usually seen in children before the age of twelve.
Typically, these symptoms are seen at home and in school or other settings. Often, delays or deficits might be present in language, social and motor development.
While the symptoms stabilize for many children during adolescence, many adults continue to show significant impairments such as inattention, restlessness, impulsivity and poor planning.
These symptoms interfere with academic achievement and skill acquisition during schooling and have devastating long term consequences on vocational success, self-esteem and relationships.
At Psynaptica, we provide comprehensive ADHD assessment that includes standardized psychological tests for the child (or adult as the case may be), questionnaires for parents/teachers (or significant others), interviews and observations. Our assessment not only involves testing of attention, but also includes a comprehensive battery that also looks into areas such as achievement / capabilities, IQ and behavioral problems.
At Psynaptica we provide follow-up treatment using a customized intervention plan based on the assessment findings and coordinate with parents and schoolteachers to advocate for the child and ensure a supportive environment that will facilitate symptom reduction and improved functioning. Progress is periodically monitored and recorded by repeating some tests and obtaining feedback from parents and teachers.
We run ADEPT, which is an integrated social, emotional and cognitive skills training group for children with ADHD-related behavioural problems. Its is a strength-based fun training group that helps your child achieve personal and academic success and experience happiness despite challenges.
We see a significant progress of children who undergo these interventions over a period of time.
Other common treatment involves use of medication and we work with specialist doctors who can provide medical review and treatment where necessary.