Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, or ADHD, is a common neurobehavioral developmental disorder that starts during childhood. In fact, about 8-10 percent of school age children have ADHD.
ADHD can affect academic success, personal relationships and home interactions. An individual with ADHD has trouble focusing on one thing for extended periods of time, difficulty paying attention to instructions or activities, and lack of control over words or actions.
Your child may need to be evaluated for ADHD if he or she:
- has difficulty focusing or sustaining attention on one activity
- is restless and has difficulty sitting still
- blurts out answers before hearing the whole question
- is constantly interrupting others
- has problems with organization
- frequently loses things
- has difficulty waiting for his or her turn (such as in a line or in a conversation)
- has difficulty following instructions
It is absolutely true that most children exhibit some of these behaviors some of the time; ADHD should be considered when these symptoms are more pronounced than in the child’s peers and have occurred for at least several months. ADHD should also be considered if your child is not progressing as expected in school, especially if his or her teacher is reporting daydreaming, excessive talking, or difficulty getting work done.
The cause of ADHD is currently unknown, though research is ongoing. While ADHD cannot be cured, it can be managed through medication and/or behavior therapy, a process which begins with the proper evaluation and diagnosis.
At Washingtonville Pediatrics, we use BioBDx’s Quotient System as part of a comprehensive examination in order to determine if a patient has ADHD. The test takes 15 minutes to administer, and the information collected will help your child’s physician to determine if ADHD is a proper diagnosis. The system collects data on the person’s ability to sit still, inhibit impulsivity and respond accurately to images on a computer screen and provides analysis of motion, attention and shifts in attention states. Once a child has been diagnosed and a treatment plan is put into place, the Quotient Test may be used in conjunction with medicine and behavior therapy to evaluate the child’s progress and continue to inform the treatment plan.
Learn more about Quotient ADHD Testing System.
If you feel that your child would benefit from ADHD testing, please call our office at 845-496-KIDS (5437) to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, who will then determine whether or not ADHD testing is recommended.