Children with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have a lot of energy to put into things that they enjoy. It is more difficult for them to keep paying attention during other activities and to pick up on details of what is going on around them. Difficulty with concentration and being easily distracted are common concerns. Following instructions and completing school work and homework can also be a challenge. These factors put the child at risk of falling behind in learning. A child with ADHD may do things without thinking of the consequences and can often end up in trouble as a result of this. Sometimes this can set up a negative cycle around their school experience, or getting things done at home. A child can become known as being difficult, or defiant, without recognition being given to the real differences that are occurring for the child inside their brain and body.
A Comprehensive Assessment allows us to work with children with ADHD to understand their underlying skills, strengths and challenges. An individualised therapy plan is then made to help them make the most of the areas that they excel, and develop skills and strategies to succeed and participate in more challenging activities or places.
Through the OT assessment and report, parents and teachers can come to a greater understanding of the child’s unique strengths and challenges and ways they can provide support to effectively assist the child. A child can learn effective strategies to develop habits, such as stopping to think before before acting, and to keep paying attention longer. This will help them to have more positive and productive experiences at school, when they go places and at home. Once understood and equipped, a child with ADHD can use it like a superpower to help them succeed in many areas!
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