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Child ADHD Assessment

An ADHD diagnosis for a child will enable the people around them, including parents/carers, friends and schools, to provide the appropriate support and strategies in line with their needs.

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition that can affect individuals of all ages. It affects people's behaviour in varying ways. Although the causes of ADHD are not fully understood, research suggests that genetic factors and altered brain development may play a role. Awareness of ADHD in society is growing all the time.

Symptoms of ADHD manifest differently in each child however, symptoms can include restlessness, fidgeting, impulsivity, finding it hard to focus and follow instructions, excessive talking, forgetfulness, difficulties with organisation, difficulties in planning and executing school work, difficulties with emotional regulation etc. These behaviours can impact a child’s academic progress, social interactions, and academic achievements, resulting in low self-esteem. Sometimes ADHD symptoms can be mistaken for wilful misbehaviour in children, which is not the case. At Provide Wellbeing, we help you to understand and develop strategies to manage your child's symptoms in line with their needs.

What are some possible signs of ADHD?

ADHD can present itself in many different ways and these signs may differ depending on the age of the person concerned. Some common behaviours and signs associated with ADHD include (but are not limited to):

  • Fidgety and hyperactive
  • Difficulty focusing or organising
  • Forgetfulness
  • Interrupting others or talking a lot
  • Mood swings

This list should not be used to diagnose ADHD. However, this may help you to understand if an ADHD assessment will benefit your child.

What is an ADHD assessment like?

A highly qualified neurodevelopmental consultant carries out our ADHD assessments in an approachable way. The consultant will discuss your child's medical history, symptoms, and any background information that may impact the diagnosis. You can respond on your child's behalf, where required. As part of our assessment process, information will also be obtained from school (if your child attends an educational setting), to gather more information about their strengths and difficulties in this environment.

Our team will provide a thorough report as standard following an assessment. The report outlines support strategies, next steps, and complete details of what a diagnosis of ADHD means for you and your child. ADHD and its associated symptoms can be managed with educational support, advice, and medicine where needed.

ADHD Medication Process and Aftercare

Following a diagnosis of ADHD, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that the first line of treatment is non-medical interventions, including appropriate support in school (for children and young people). However, if these interventions have been trialled but are not felt to be effective, or were not of benefit, then medication can be considered. Examples of ineffective non-medical interventions will be if ADHD is impacting their learning (for children, young people or anyone in education) or if there is a significant impact on someone’s functioning in daily life and employment.

At our ADHD diagnostic clinic, we will ensure that verbal and written advice about the different medication options and how they work, as per the NICE guidelines, is shared with you. After carefully considering this information and weighing up the possible benefits and side effects of medication, you can make an informed decision with the diagnosis, or parents/carers, to trial medication. As Provide Wellbeing is a private organisation, the prescriptions you are issued will need to be paid for when you take them to a pharmacy. Your regular GP may be able to continue with subsequent prescriptions, and our Consultant will write to the GP to support this.

When starting on ADHD medication, regular monitoring of height, weight, blood pressure and heart rate is needed as the medication typically falls into the category of a controlled substance. The prescriptions are for controlled drugs, so they require extra attention and cannot be issued as simple repeat prescriptions. It is recommended that reviews are generally conducted at three weeks, three months and six months and, after that, every six months; however, the frequency can vary depending on individual circumstances. 

In most situations, the GP will take over the prescription once someone is clinically stable on a particular dose of medication. The initial cost of an ADHD assessment covers the first appointment and initial prescription if issued at this time. Any subsequent reviews and prescriptions are then payable as follows; 

  • Repeat prescription only (no appointment): £40
  • Medication Follow-up: 15 min follow-up for telephone or face-to-face check on side effects, dosage, etc. and provision of repeat prescription: £125
  • Medication Follow-up: 30 min follow-up face-to-face check, review of presentation, medical checks, symptoms, treatment plan, provision of prescription: £250

An additional fee of £15 will apply if you prefer to have your prescription posted via recorded and signed-for delivery instead of collecting it.

To review the full ASD & ADHD Service pricing, please refer to our pricing webpage for further information.

Pricing & Appointment Information

ADHD assessment - £1,200

Follow up appointment - £400

We offer an ADHD assessment for your child and an optional follow-up appointment to review any outstanding questions about the diagnosis. Please note that before the appointment, you must provide background medical information and any other relevant details for the paediatrician to review ahead of the appointment.

For full details of our refund and cancellation policy please visit our Pricing & Payment Terms.

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ADHD assessments can be offered at Chelmer Clinic and Stapleford House, Chelmsford. For more information, please get in touch with one of our dedicated customer care team.

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Combined Assessments

As they often come so closely linked, it is usually more practical for a child or young person to have a combined assessment where they are assessed for both autism and ADHD simultaneously.

Parents or children can prefer this assessment style as it reduces the number of appointments and the possible stress it brings but in a cost-effective way.

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Dr Amin Band, Lead Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
Dr Amin Band  Lead Neurodevelopmental Consultant
Dr Band is a Lead Neurodevelopmental Consultant, devising integrated pathways for Autism and ADHD in Mid Essex.
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