When I meet people and tell them that I am an Attention and ADHD Coach, I am often asked how ADHD is diagnosed and what parents should be looking for if they think their child might have ADHD. This can be a difficult question to answer, especially since I am not a medical practitioner. I do share the fact that there are many different factors that go into a diagnosis and just because a child is “hyper” or “doesn’t pay attention”, it doesn’t mean that he or she has ADHD. In addition, I often refer them to Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) that provides excellent information to parents and professionals. CHADD provides information about ADHD symptoms, the evaluation process, and much more. The organization was founded in 1987 and their mission is to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD. I encourage everyone to use CHADD as a starting point for any ADHD research. As you do additional research, you can come back to CHADD to learn what this long-standing organization has to say.
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