Specialised ADHD Assessment Service

with Meria Dolan Senior Clinical Psychologist

Overview

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders presenting in children and adolescents. Children with ADHD have difficulty concentrating and paying attention and being organised, and they can be either very restless and moving around a lot, or daydreaming.

Why you might consider an assessment?

ADHD Assessment can be useful when there are difficulties at school and at home, and more support is needed. Preferably the child would be at least 8 years old at the time of the assessment, as very young children tend to find it hard to sit still for long periods, and this may improve naturally with age.

What’s involved?

The ADHD Assessment typically involves three one-hour sessions at the clinic; however, every family’s situation is different and this may depend on the complexity of the situation overall. Ideally, both the child or the adolescent and the parents attend the first session together, and the need for the assessment and the main difficulties and wishes will be discussed.

Next steps

In the next stage, the parents and the teacher fill out questionnaires about concentration difficulties at home and at school. In the second clinic visit, the parents have an opportunity to talk about the developmental history of the child growing up, and the child or a teenager is invited to complete some attention tasks (for about 20-30minutes, if the child agrees).

In the final stage, the parents/guardian is provided with an ADHD Assessment Report, and recommendations for further support and services are discussed.

About Meria Dolan

Meria has many years of experience working as a Senior Clinical Psychologist with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and mental health difficulties, in both public and private sector, doing assessment work and psychotherapy. She has a special interest in ADHD assessments, and has presented her research findings in the ADHD World Congress, for example. She is also a qualified Child Art Psychotherapist.

If have concerns for your child/teen (8 years to 17 years) and identify with any of the issues outline here and wish to seek further information or would like to arrange a consultation then please fill out the inquiry form here and we’ll be in touch soon.

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