ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What is ADHD and how do I know if my child may have it?

There are different types of ADHD: inattentive subtype, hyperactive/impusive subtype or combined subtype so ADHD symptoms vary according to subtype and also by age. Understood.org has a good summary.

Consulting with professionals including paediatricians, psychologists and psychiatrists can answer the question regarding whether your child has ADHD. It is helpful for questionnaires to be completed by parents and teachers exploring whether your child displays symptoms of ADHD across different environments. Questionnaires have been developed by researchers in the field, a result of many scientific studies. Your paediatrician may ask for certain questionnaires to be completed – please click on the appropriate link below. Completed questionnaires may be emailed to admin@lakemacpaediatrics.com.au.

There is an abundance of information available to help parents and carers understand this condition and its management. Below is a collection of evidence-based resources created by experts in the field of ADHD.

Resources from Paediatrics online – Collected By Specialists. Created For Families. Wonderful webpage with list of links – all things ADHD

Royal Australasian College of Physicians – a brief ADHD guide for parents

Kids Health Information – General information about ADHD by the Royal Children’s Hospital, with a link to a podcast

How can I help my child with ADHD? Strategies that may be implemented at home and school

Understood. A website dedicated to providing information about learning and thinking differences including ADHD.

Raising children with ADHD can be a challenge. Other behavioural support and parenting resources may also be of benefit – see our parenting resources page

Medication in ADHD

Find out more about medications used for ADHD

How can I help teach my child to swallow tablets/capsules?

It can seem like a daunting task to teach children to be able to swallow a tablet or capsule. Here are a few tips and tricks to help. Keeping the process fun (together with practice!) is the key.

Here is a handout from the RCH with helpful suggestions

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