Recognising ADHD in Children: Early Intervention Matters

By Dr Sarunporn Sirikietsoong (Dr Jay)


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental condition that can substantially affect a child's academic performance, social interactions, and overall well-being. Early intervention is vital for helping children manage their symptoms and succeed both academically and in life.

Understanding ADHD in Children

ADHD is characterised by symptoms broadly categorised into inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms can present in various ways, leading to significant challenges in a child's daily life. For instance, inattentiveness might cause difficulties in concentrating, following instructions, and completing tasks. Hyperactivity could result in constant fidgeting, an inability to remain seated, and excessive talking. Impulsivity may lead to hasty actions without considering the consequences, interrupting others, and difficulty waiting their turn.

Without proper management, ADHD can also result in secondary issues such as anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. These complications can further hinder a child's academic performance and social relationships, making early recognition and intervention essential.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Intervention

Early diagnosis and intervention can make a significant difference in a child's life. Identifying ADHD at an early stage allows for timely support and management strategies to be implemented, which can help mitigate the disorder's negative impact on a child's development.

Comprehensive ADHD Assessments at HealthDeliver

At HealthDeliver, we provide comprehensive ADHD assessments for children to ensure an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Our assessment process is thorough and involves collecting detailed information from multiple sources, including parents, teachers, and the child. This multi-informant approach helps us gain a complete understanding of the child's behaviour across different settings and situations.

Assessment Process Includes:

  • Parental Input: Parents provide valuable insights into their child's behaviour at home, including their ability to follow routines, complete homework, and interact with family members.
  • Teacher Feedback: Teachers offer observations on the child's behaviour in the classroom, such as their ability to focus on lessons, participate in group activities, and adhere to classroom rules.
  • Child's Self-Report: When appropriate, we also consider the child's own perspective on their behaviour, feelings, and challenges.
  • Cognitive Assessments: These tests measure cognitive functions in different areas of the brain (e.g., attention span, visual-spatial skills, working memory, processing speed, and learning styles such as verbal or visual) as well as possible learning disabilities. The information these tests provide is beneficial for school accommodations to help children reach their potential.


Creating Personalised Treatment Plans

Once a diagnosis is made, we create personalised treatment plans tailored to each child's unique needs. 

Treatment Components includes:

  • Behavioural Therapy: Involves teaching children specific strategies to manage their symptoms, improve their organisational skills, and enhance their social interactions.
  • Parent Training: Educates parents on how to support their child at home, implement effective discipline strategies, and create a structured environment that promotes positive behaviour.
  • School Support: Collaborates with schools to develop individualised learning programmes.

The Role of Parents and Educators

Parents and educators play a crucial role in supporting children with ADHD. By working closely together, they can create a consistent and supportive environment that helps children manage their symptoms and achieve their full potential. Regular communication between parents and teachers is essential to monitor the child's progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

Seeking Help and Support

If you notice signs of ADHD in your child, it is important not to hesitate in seeking help. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve outcomes and help your child develop the skills needed to succeed in life.

At HealthDeliver, we are dedicated to supporting children with ADHD and their families. If you have any questions or want to learn more about ADHD in children, please reach out to us at HealthDeliver.Asia. Let's work together to support your child's development and well-being.