ADHD is a disorder that affects millions. Currently there are three types of ADHD that are diagnosed. ADHD – inattentive type, ADHD – hyperactivity/impulsivity, and ADHD – combined type. The difference between the two is that ADHD –  inattentive type generally presents without the hyperactivity component. ADHD is commonly characterized by an inability to focus, pay attention, or focus on details. Sometimes  children may act without thinking or exhibit periods of impulsivity or hyperactivity. Boys often demonstrate characteristics of ADHD more frequently than girls.  Symptoms of ADHD are listed below.

1. an inattentive type, with signs that include:

  • inability to pay attention to details or a tendency to make careless errors in schoolwork or other activities
  • difficulty with sustained attention in tasks or play activities
  • apparent listening problems
  • difficulty following instructions
  • problems with organization
  • avoidance or dislike of tasks that require mental effort
  • tendency to lose things like toys, notebooks, or homework
  • distractibility
  • forgetfulness in daily activities

2. a hyperactive-impulsive type, with signs that include:

  • fidgeting or squirming
  • difficulty remaining seated
  • excessive running or climbing
  • difficulty playing quietly
  • always seeming to be “on the go”
  • excessive talking
  • blurting out answers before hearing the full question
  • difficulty waiting for a turn or in line
  • problems with interrupting or intruding

3. a combined type, which involves a combination of the other two types and is the most common

Although it can be challenging to raise kids with ADHD, it’s important to remember they aren’t “bad,” “acting out,” or being difficult on purpose. And they have difficulty controlling their behavior without medication or behavioral therapy.

There are different options for diagnosing ADHD, but At Rich Educational Consulting, we do more than a simple checklist. We offer computerized testing to determine how your child learns and processes information. We provide you with a complete picture of your child’s functioning and how their ADHD affects both their learning style and how the environment affects your child’s learning. Many parents are afraid that a diagnosis means their child will be on a lifetime of medications. But that may not necessarily be the case. Many children respond well to behavior modifications and do not need to take medication.

Parents, we can do in-home and  clinic assessments or behavior consultations. We also offer Integrated Listening Therapy.  If your child needs school accommodations, we can help you!! We attend 504, ARD, or Student Support Team Meetings, we develop interventions, and we address what supports will help your child with schoolwork.