Children of all ages have times when they are inattentive.

Every parent finds themselves repeating a request of their child more than once.  Or you've found that your child didn't complete an assignment or a chore before moving on to a different activity.  

Is this impulsivity?  It it hyperactivity? 

Most children have periods where their energy seems to have no end. However, there is a significant difference between children who are occasionally inattentive or energetic, and  those children who have a disabling condition.
A Learning Profiles Evaluation can help determine if your child presents with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We'll look at your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and determine how those abilities impact academic skills and behavior. If Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder are found to be areas of weakness, further investigation is done to determine if enough symptoms are present to warrant an ADHD diagnosis.
A Learning Profiles AD/HD Evaluation Includes:
  • A Detailed Review of School Records:  Report Cards & Parent Conference Forms are reviewed to find a history of behaviors.  
  • Diagnostic Interviews:  Parents, teachers and other adults who are involved in the child’s life may be interviewed to determine if conditions and behaviors occur in multiple settings.
  • Standardized Rating Forms: Forms are completed by parents, teachers, and even the child themselves (depending on age) to determine whether or not the symptoms are beyond what is typical for a child's age and gender.  
  • Cognitive and Academic Skills Assessments:  Used to determine how the child’s strengths and weaknesses are impacting their skill and behavioral development.
  • Additional Testing (as needed):  It is not unusual for other conditions or behaviors to occur in the presence of ADHD.  Conditions including depression, anxiety, or others are commonly seen in conjunction with ADHD and may be evaluated.

Upon completion of all of our evaluations Learning Profiles provides a customized report detailing your child’s abilities and behaviors.  This report includes recommendations based on the results of the evaluation.

What is ADD?  How is it different than ADHD?
 ADD was used to define Attention Deficit Disorder. However, it has been incorporated in diagnostic manuals with one of the subtypes of ADHD:
  • ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type  
  • ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type
  • ADHD, Combined Type (Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive Type)
While using the term ADD may no longer be “technically” correct, it is still used to describe a child with an attention disorder. At Learning Profiles, a diagnosis is given according to DSM-IV criteria when appropriate. Therefore, we would use one of the three terms named above.

Does an ADHD diagnosis mean my child will have to take medication?  In a word - no.  Many children with ADHD find success with educational and behavioral strategies that reduce the attentional or hyperactive impairment. Learning Profiles offers recommendations that have proven to be successful with students of all ages.  Our recommendations can be implemented at home and at school.  Depending on your child’s profile, our recommendations may include a discussion with your child's pediatrician to determine if medication may be appropriate.

Do you provide Behavior Modification?  As part of our counseling services, Learning Profiles offers behavior techniques for parents and children to help reduce undesirable behaviors. We also provide assistance in working with children who appear to be developing behavioral skills at a delayed rate. 

However, as part of our evaluation process we may determine that a behavioral disorder, such as Autism, is present and may require more than short-term counseling or individualized behavioral techniques. When appropriate, Learning Profiles works with other Clinics and Therapists to determine the best course of action. 

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