Spotting Signs Of ADHD In Children

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Psychologist Dr. Jack A. Naglieri discusses the steps to take to properly diagnose a child with ADHD.

    Female Speaker: According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 are diagnosed each year with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. It's the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder for kids in the US, but there is growing concern that many of these diagnoses may be based on inaccurate information.

    Dr. Jack A. Naglieri: It's not a good idea to go on the internet and take a little test to see if my child has ADHD, those kinds of methods have lots of limitations. You could easily be misled to think your child has something wrong with him or her when they don't.

    Female Speaker: Confirming that a child has ADHD requires a professional diagnosis. However, that critical step is often avoided for a variety of reasons, including cost.

    Dr. Jack A. Naglieri: If your child is in school, you should go to school psychologist. School psychologists can do these kinds of evaluations and it could be provided as a service to the parent without cost.

    Female Speaker: A professional diagnosis is the first step in a course of treatment that will lead a child with ADHD to success in the classroom.

    Dr. Jack A. Naglieri: The kinds of issues that children with ADHD have are complicated; they have to do a lot of different things. Does medication help? Yes, it does, there's a good science behind that. Behavioral therapy, is that effective? Yes, we work to get the Childs' behavior more under control; it can greatly help children who have attention deficit do better in school.