One of the first things we all associate with ADHD is hyperactivity—the kid you see running around like he’s wearing a jetpack with a frantic mother chasing him. While hyperactivity does occur in many children with ADHD, the fact that a person is very active does not necessarily warrant a diagnosis. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association contains three subtypes of ADHD, including Hyperactive, Inattentive, and Combined. ADHD is a constellation of symptoms and behaviors that cannot be explained by any other cause (such as anxiety, learning disability, or a thyroid disorder). Contrary to what many people assume, ADHD is not just having a short attention span. Many parents (or spouses in the case of adults) are confused by the fact that people with ADHD can happily spend two hours playing a video game, yet can not complete a short homework worksheet or remember to meet a deadline. ADHD is a neurological disorder that has a significant, pervasive impact on learning and behavior.
- Works with families to figure out goals for student learning outcomes and works collaboratively with families and schools to assist in making these goals a reality
- Utilizes the recommendations of our psychologist team to develop appropriate evidence-based strategies for individual student learning that can be implemented at both home and school
We are thrilled to have Karen at MindWell. She has worked as a school teacher, upper school director, and does targeted work with improving social communication.
Here are some services she can offer to help your child at school and at home:
-Provide guidance for finding appropriate private school options
-Provide in-home parent education
-Create home behavior programs
We often get requests for “ADHD testing.”
I understand that there is a lot of media attention (excuse the pun) on ADD, ADHD, impulsivity, inattention. However, symptoms of inattention or restlessness are common in many learning and emotional problems such as learning disabilities, anxiety, moodiness, and motivational issues.