Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADD ADHD includes some combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Executive functioning difficulties are often prevalent in those with ADD ADHD. Children and adults with ADD ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school.
When testing a child for difficulties with attention, it is important to understand the whole picture of how the individual’s brain processes, stores, and uses information. Most individuals who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD) have difficulties with executive functioning, including time management, organization, task initiation, self-monitoring, and self-regulation. This can extend to regulation of the body, the focus, or emotional states. These difficulties can impact both children and adults in a range of settings, and it is important to understand how to strengthen any underlying areas of brain processing deficiency. Through comprehensive psychoeducational or psychological tests, it is possible to better understand the extent and impact of Attention Deficit Disorder, as well as develop a targeted and highly effective intervention plan.