Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition linked to three principal symptoms:
- Inattention (Not being able to keep attention, getting easily distracted)
- Hyperactivity (Not being able to stay still)
- Impulsiveness (Acting without thinking it through)
ADHD is not simply bad behaviour. ADHD can be treated with behavioural and educational support, and in some children, with medications.
Although ADHD can occur on its own, it often occurs alongside a range of other difficulties including:
- Learning difficulties
- Sleep difficulties
- Tic disorders
- Coordination difficulties
- Social communication difficulties and Autism.
At BICP we make an evidence based assessment of ADHD alongside other potential causes for your child's difficulties, rather than looking at just ADHD alone.
This is a telephone consultation with a doctor, usually lasting half an hour to discuss your concerns and help you decide on where to go from here.
We start all new assessments with a telephone discussion, after receiving your pre-assessment questionnaires.
At this appointment we aim to discuss your child's difficulties and work out the best way forward in terms of what assessment is required, before you commit to any particular assessment.
Assessments for ADHD are held at Litfield House.
Prior to seeing your child we will send our online questionnaires to you and your child's school. Your child can also give us their perspective in writing before the meeting, if they want.
We can also complete Continuous Performance Testing (CPT) to provide an objective measurements of attention.
A detailed written report and clinical recommendations are included with the assessment including discussion around potential medical treatment.
We are also able to offer follow up appointments to provide ongoing support for children seen in BICP who require medical treatment for ADHD.
Medication in ADHD
The decision to start medication for a child with ADHD always has to be made jointly with a doctor, parents and the child or young person.
At BICP we are able to initiate medical treatment of ADHD as part of a child's care plan. This can be discussed as part of the child's assessment.
Once started on medication, repeat prescriptions and discussions regarding changes to medication dose can be arranged with BICP. We are usually able to then request shared share with your GP once stabilised on medication.
Once on a stable dose we will need to see your child 6 monthly for follow up appointments to provide oversight of the medication.
Many parents, having completed an assessment for ADHD are unsure how this can be used to make a positive difference in their child's education.
At BICP, we aim to provide educational support for children with ADHD to help them perform better in school and meet their educational goals.
BICP offers 1:1 educational support sessions for children with teachers with experience of working with children with neurodiversity and creating plans to enable children to perform at the best of their ability.