Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents (ADHD) is a disruptive disorder involving persistent, developmentally inappropriate behaviors. These children have difficulty with inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. There are subcategories of ADHD. Some children qualify as ADHD-hyperactive, others are ADHD inattentive, while others qualify as both hyperactive and inattentive.
If you suspect that your child is ADHD, it is crucial that they get a through evaluation; which would include a thorough background, and individually administered IQ test such as the WISC-IV, a standardized academic test such as the Woodcock Johnson-III, and a behavior rating scale such as the Connors Behavior Rating Scale. These tests and background information will screen for other possible problems, such as a learning disorder and also establish if the problem is solely at school or takes place in other environments as well. Treatment for ADHD may include, medication management, a behavior plan for home and school, as well as parent training.