New research tells how to diagnose and treat ADHD effectively.
A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology suggests that assessing your child’s behaviour in a number of settings, not just at school, can improve the accuracy of a diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Sarah O’Neill, of The City College of New York examined clinician, teacher and parent ratings of child behaviour and how accurately they predicted a diagnosis of ADHD at age six.
As a result of the study findings, O’Neill and her team emphasise the importance of using information from multiple informants who have seen the child in different settings. Parent reports of preschoolers’ behavior appear to be crucial, but these alone are not sufficient. Augmenting the parent report with that of the teacher and/or clinician is necessary. Also important are clinician observations of preschoolers during psychological testing, which are predictive of an ADHD diagnosis and its severity over time. Being able to identify children at risk for poorer outcomes may help educators and clinicians to plan appropriate interventions.
O’Neill team found it was crucial to use data from multiple informants who had observed the child in varied settings, such as school, after school care or at home. The study also concluded that clinical observations of preschool aged children by a psychologist, helped predict both an ADHD diagnosis and its severity in the children studied. The ability to identify children early that may have ADHD could help educators and psychologists intervene at an early stage.
Focused Education can help identify children with ADHD, in conjunction with your psychologist. We then plan an appropriate course of action in conjunction with health professionals and school to better help Perth families and their children. This often involves tutoring, speech therapy and occupational therapy support from our experienced, passionate team.
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