Most children become excited when they are around their friends, experiencing something new or playing games. Most children have the energy to run around for an hour in the schoolyard during a lunch break or a sports match. Most children will become impatient when told to wait for something they are looking forward to. Most children will become distracted from their work when something more interesting happens. On the other hand, most children are able to be in a classroom and sit still while the teacher gives a lesson. They are also able to concentrate on and complete the work they are given. They may not enjoy the process of waiting, but will still be able to control themselves. Some children cannot contain their excitement, their energy or their impulses, and also cannot sustain their attention long enough to learn and behave well in a classroom situation. These children are often given an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ ADHD diagnosis.
Further information on ADHD is described on the “We Assist ADHD” page.
Disorders are diagnosed when the behaviour or mood of a person impairs their ability to function. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder describes what happens when a child’s level of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity goes beyond what would reasonably be expected, and interferes with their capacity to process information and adapt their behaviour to different contexts.
Assessment and Diagnosis of Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
In order to diagnose ADD or ADHD, the Centre utilises a range of measure including observation, Gold Standard psychological questionnaires, and continuous Performance tests. In addition an QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) which can be undertaken at the Centre can reveal abnormal brainwave patterns. While QEEGs can be employed as a diagnostic tool, this technology is not generally used in Australia for the diagnosis of AD/HD.
At the Listen And Learn Centre ADHD diagnosis is undertaken by psychologists experienced in assessing inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity and behaviours of concern.