A Test for Kids with ADHD?

Many parents, confronted with their child’s high levels of impulsivity and general inability to stay focused, are concerned about the possibility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. At LaunchPad Counseling in Richmond VA, we use the Conners 3 assessment. It is an effective way to test for this disorder, as well as other problem behavior, in children and adolescents. Not only can the Connors 3 help with screening and support for diagnosis, it can also be used to monitor a child’s ongoing progress.

The test is given in three parts: written observations by a parent, a teacher and a self-report from the child. It measures several different areas of potential concern, including inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity, learning problems and executive functioning.

Children struggling with ADHD have trouble organizing and completing tasks, as well as difficulty […]

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First steps when you suspect ADHD

ADHD-blog-postConfronting the possibility that your child is struggling with ADHD can be upsetting. Knowing what to look for, and what you can do, puts things into greater perspective. In addition, it helps to know that children with ADHD have specific strengths that help them overcome their diagnosis.

What to Look For

The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) fall into three major categories, which include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These categories are fluid and the different traits associated with each of them typically occur in combination. For example, a child who has trouble staying on task, which is associated with inattention, may also have difficulty sitting still or waiting his turn, traits associated with hyperactivity and impulsivity, respectively.

More specifically, in addition to difficulty staying on task, […]

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