Understanding ADHD in Children With Waystone Psychology

ADHD is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders in children. It is typically first diagnosed in childhood and may persist into maturity. Children with ADHD may struggle to focus, manage impulsive behaviours that cause them to act without considering the consequences, or control their level of activity. It is typical for kids to occasionally struggle with their attention spans and manners. However, these behaviours are not outgrown in children with ADHD. The symptoms persist, can be severe, and can make it difficult to interact with friends and family.

A child with ADHD might daydream a lot, forget or lose things a lot, squirm or fidget, talk too much, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have a hard time resisting temptation, have trouble taking turns or have difficulty getting along with others. Depending on which types of symptoms are strongest, an individual may struggle with predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, or combined presentation.

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Behavioural Therapy For Children With ADHD

EAssessing whether a child has ADHD is a multi-step process. The symptoms of many other conditions, including anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and specific types of learning difficulties, might be similar to those of ADHD, which cannot be diagnosed with a single test. A checklist for grading ADHD symptoms and obtaining a medical history from the kid’s parents, teachers, and occasionally the child themselves are typically used in the diagnosis of ADHD.

While counselling and medication can be used in the treatment of ADHD. The recommended first-line approach for pre-schoolers and younger kids includes behavioural techniques in the form of behavioural therapy, parent management training and school intervention. Close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes as needed along the way. These are all components of effective treatment strategies.

Waystone: Caring Psychologists With a Unique Vision for Success

Whether or not your child has ADHD, the signs of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can be problematic if left untreated. Making friends can be challenging for students who struggle with attention, self-control, or who frequently cause trouble at school. These irritations may later result in low self-esteem and hostility within the family. Treatment has the potential to significantly alter your child’s symptoms. Your child can get on the path to success in all areas of life with the correct help. Get in touch with us at Waystone Psychology right away to book a consultation if you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy in Ottawa.

At Waystone Psychology, our role as psychologists is to work together with the client to develop coping strategies and provide support. We help our clients develop new ways of adapting to life’s challenges in order to promote healthy functioning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common learning disabilities in Canada?

The most common learning disabilities in Canada are:

  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Processing Deficits

If you suspect that you or your child has a learning disability, contact us today.

Does having a Learning Disability mean you can’t learn?

Absolutely not! People with learning disabilities are often intelligent and some are even gifted. Learning disabilities mean that those living with them have brains which work differently. In order to learn the best, those with learning disabilities need to be taught in ways which take into consideration their strengths and weaknesses.

How can I know if me or my child has a learning disability?

Since learning disabilities are invisible, psychological tests must be performed to determine the extent, if any, of a learning disability in an individual. At Waystone Psychology, we perform Psychoeducational Assessments to determine learning challenges faced by people of all ages. Our tests are highly effective in assessing strengths & challenges faced by individual learners.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common learning disorders affecting children as well as adults. People with ADHD will have higher than normal activity levels, difficult remaining still for long periods of time, and limited attention spans. While these symptoms are common in children in general, in children with ADHD these issues are much greater than is common for their age and can cause issues with social, educational, and family functioning.

How do people develop learning disabilities?

Nobody is really sure what causes learning disabilities, though sometimes learning disabilities run in families. While recent advances in brain imaging technology suggests that the brains of people with Learning Disabilities function differently than those without them, the exact causes have yet to be identified. Some research has suggested that learning disabilities might have risk factors such as genetics, or factors affecting the fetus’ development in the womb, environmental, and nutritional factors. It is important that these are simply risk factors and are not causes of learning disabilities.