We support children and young people with attention difficulties in education, home and community settings through assessments and interventions.
Attention difficulties are when an individual has challenges with sustained attention at a developmentally appropriate level. Attention difficulties can present as the child or young person not being engaged in the classroom or not being able to sit still.
Attention difficulties are sometimes referred to as attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
There are many causes of attention difficulties, and an individual may have multiple reasons for attention difficulties. Examples of possible causes are:
It may be the case that attention difficulties are a symptom of a different condition, such as:
Some children may have received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and require additional support to manage their difficulties.
At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.
Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion
Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:
On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.
Attention difficulties can be assessed through a cognitive assessment to determine whether the difficulties impact more than attention.
We assess attention through the use of a variety of tools including specific assessments, observations and clinical interviews.
The assessments used to assess attention difficulties will be chosen depending on the main areas of difficulties following information from a developmental history. Assessments we may use include:
Assessments can take place in school, our clinic or the home setting, the calmer the environment, the better.
Our assessments are compatible with a diagnostic assessment for ADHD. The screener will identify the level of risk associated with the child or young person meeting criteria for ADD or ADHD.
After an assessment there should be a better understanding of what is causing the attention difficulties. Following an assessment, suggestions can be made to maximise the child or young person attention. Suggestions often involve changes to the environment as well as developing strategies for the child or young person, teacher and home. It may be that further assessments or an intervention are needed.
Interventions in relation to attention difficulties are effective when used across home, education and community contexts. Examples of interventions we provide include:
Our interventions for attention difficulties are based in psychological evidence and theory.
During an initial discussion we will learn about the child or young person’s history and any existing reports, which will allow us to provide an accurate quote for an assessment. Below is the average cost of a thorough assessment of attention difficulties, including a comprehensive report.
Attention difficulties can occur due to a variety of causes, and a specialist assessment can identify the underlying reasons. Through early needs identification the impact of attention difficulties can be reduced. To talk to a member of our team about an assessment related to attention difficulties please contact us now.
Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £160.