Survey – ADHD in Children

Does your child have ADHD?  Take the following survey to determine if your child may have ADD/ADHD:

  1. Does your child have difficulty in more than one area of life (school and home, for example)?
  2. Does your child ask “what” often?
  3. Does your child get distracted in the middle of doing a simple task, like getting dressed?
  4. Does homework take much longer than it should?
  5. Does your child forget things at school (backpack, homework, lunch)?
  6. Does your child have a hard time keeping his notebook and room tidy?
  7. Does your child have poor handwriting?
  8. Does your child have an anger problem?
  9. Does your child get upset easily but recover easily too?
  10. Does your child have a hard time changing activities?
  11. Does your child procrastinate more than usual?
  12. Does your child have a hard time with reading comprehension or word problems?
  13. Does your child have a hard time starting things?
  14. Does your child forget phone numbers, names, etc. easily?
  15. Does your child move a lot while working?
  16. Does your child make constant noise (tapping, humming, etc)?
  17. Does your child fidget a lot?
  18. Does your child interrupt or blurt out answers?
  19. Does your child stare into space at times?
  20. Does your child have a hard time holding back when she really wants something?
  21. Does your child have poor safety awareness?
  22. Does your child under-perform at school or in sports or activities?
  23. Does your child have a hard time making friends?
  24. Does your child feel “different” or that things are harder for her than others?

If many of these symptoms and signs pertain to your child, they may have ADHD. These days ADD and ADHD are terms that are thrown about and used a great deal. Some people even think the diagnoses are overused and that children are diagnosed too rapidly or inaccurately due to behavioral, emotional or developmental issues just to fit into the mainstream population or public school system.  However, ADHD/ADD is a real neurobehavioral problem that affects a little over 7% of children ages 5-13, according to the CDC.  Findings from a study in 2007 suggested that many children benefited from medication treatment, but many were medicated who did not meet full criteria for the disorder.

ADD and ADHD are diagnosed using a set of symptoms and signs and are generally considered a neurobehavioral problem. However, because of normal development in children, normal arousal and sensory issues can be mistaken for ADD/ ADHD. Since a large component of attention is CNS arousal, the specific development of the child should be addressed in diagnosing and treating the child. As a clinician, this distinction is important because the treatment and intervention may differ given the age of the child and the causes and presentation of attention problems.

Another consideration is whether or not the child is having difficulty in more than one area of functioning. If a child is having problems in class but not showing difficulty in social, home or extra-curricular activities, he may just be in an educational environment that is not appropriate for him.

The way to determine whether it’s true attention deficit disorder is to administer a battery of tests that are standardized. The exact level of attention is compared to other cognitive functions. Visual and auditory attention, complex concentration and other cognitive processes are evaluated to determine specific compensatory strategies for your child. Other measures such as tests of continuous performance, surveys and questionnaires for teachers and parents may also be used depending on individual needs.
Findings from the evaluation help determine what type of intervention is appropriate, whether it be cognitive rehabilitation to improve executive functions and attention, parenting, or individual /play therapy to improve emotional functioning and family system, or medication management. A combination of treatments may also be recommended.