What is AD(H)D
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, or AD(H)D, is a condition of the brain that results in excessive activity (hyperactivity), impulsivity, and difficulties with focusing attention. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the condition without the hyperactivity element. They are both classed as developmental disorders, i.e. are evident from birth.
The hyperactive element of the disorder can result in fidgeting, talking incessantly, and generally wanting to be 'on the go'. Although this condition is typically associated with children, research in the field continues to demonstrate that some individuals do not simply 'grow out of' AD(H)D. It can affect an individual's ability to function adequately in a range of everyday settings, such as home and work, and can impair academic performance.
What are the Signs?
Characteristics associated with AD(H)D vary in impact from mild to severe. It is not unusual for people to reach adulthood without having AD(H)D identified. Signs that an adult may have AD(H)D include:
- Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
- Poor time management, losing track of time
- Difficulty focusing and maintaining attention, is easily distracted
- Poor organisational skills, and following instructions and procedures
- Problems remembering spoken information, forgetful, misplaces belongings
- Issues with short term memory (especially auditory) and listening skills
- Prefers highly active, stimulating jobs
- Easily bored and impatient
- Procrastination, indecision, difficulty recalling and organising details required for a task
How is it Diagnosed?
At Ability Smart, a screening for AD(H)D involves a suitably qualified and experienced assessor conducting a range of comprehensive screening and advisory services.
- AD(H)D Screening Questionnaire - to gain a detailed understanding of the adult's difficulties, their medical and educational history;
- Cognitive Functioning Assessment - to gain an overview of the adult's abilities such as; short term visual memory, short term auditory memory, verbal comprehension, and perceptual organisation.
For adults in the workplace, the following additional services are offered:
- Workplace Needs Assessment - to determine how the adult's AD(H)D affects them at work and to recommend ways to address these issues;
- Adult Learner's Profile - a service offered in conjunction with a Workplace Needs Assessment for adults who have previously undergone a diagnostic assessment. This will identify their preferred learning style.
What Solutions are Available?
Ability Smart delivers a wide range of tailored interventions for adults in the workplace who show tendencies associated with AD(H)D. These include:
- One-to-one Support Training
The difficulties associated with AD(H)D can be alleviated by adopting various compensatory strategies, to minimise the effects of this condition. Ability Smart recommends:
- Using a 'squeezy' ball while undertaking a task, such as talking on the phone, to help to focus attention;
- Setting manageable short-term goals.
Ability Smart believes that, with the appropriate adjustments put in place, an adult's true potential can really be unlocked.
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