It can be hard for a parent to determine if their child has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from everyday behavior. You are probably wondering if their behavior is part of growing up.
It starts by talking to your child's pediatrician. If your pediatrician is not experienced with diagnosing ADHD, then he or she will refer your child for an ADHD assessment with a mental health professional. Here are four things doctors use to diagnose attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Check For Inattentiveness
Most doctors use guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association. They look for three types. The first type is inattentiveness.
An inattentive child exhibits certain symptoms. These symptoms may include restlessness, not listening, not doing chores, not finishing homework, forgetfulness, poor organizational skills, distraction, losing things, and avoiding any activity that requires concentration. If your child is exhibiting several of these symptoms, then you should be concerned.
Check To See If Your Child Is Very Hyper
The second type is called hyperactive impulsive. A hyper and impulsive child demonstrates certain symptoms. These symptoms may include constantly squirming or fidgeting, climbing at inappropriate times, running, being loud, excessive talking, and trouble waiting turn. A child exhibiting several of these symptoms is more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Look For The Combined Type
The combined type is a combination of hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. It is one of the most common type of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. A child who is a combined type exhibits symptoms of both disorders.
Get Feedback From Your Child's School
Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC) is another tool for assessing ADHD. This test checks for conduct problems, learning problems, aggression, hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, and attentiveness. The BASC uses multiple methods. It measures the negative and positive aspects of your child's behavior and personality.
This test has three rating scales, which are for the teacher, parent, and child. The rating scale allows teachers and parents to answer questions about behavior they have observed. The third rating scale allows your child to express his or her self-perception and emotions. The BASC provides a thorough review of developmental, social, emotional, educational, psychological, and medical information. This information is used to influence treatment and diagnosis.
It helps to visit a doctor instead of trying to determine the reason for behavioral problems. The average age of ADHD diagnosis is seven years old. If you expect that your child has ADHD, then you should get him or her evaluated by a local mental health professional.