Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behaviour disorder normally diagnosed in children, although adults can be diagnosed with it as well.

From Centres for Disease Control and Prevention:

“There are three different types of ADHD, depending on which types of symptoms are strongest in the individual:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: It is hard for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions or conversations. The person is easily distracted or forgets details of daily routines.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: The person fidgets and talks a lot. It is hard to sit still for long (e.g., for a meal or while doing homework). Smaller children may run, jump or climb constantly. The individual feels restless and has trouble with impulsivity. Someone who is impulsive may interrupt others a lot, grab things from people, or speak at inappropriate times. It is hard for the person to wait their turn or listen to directions. A person with impulsiveness may have more accidents and injuries than others.
  • Combined Presentation: Symptoms of the above two types are equally present in the person.

Because symptoms can change over time, the presentation may change over time as well”.

Undiagnosed ADHD can cause problems in school or in any number of settings.

Those with ADHD can act impulsively or have trouble concentrating, both of which can lead to poor decision making and coping skills.

Symptoms & signs of ADHD

Typical symptoms of ADHD can sometimes mimic other psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and other learning disorders as well as allergies, grief and loss, and ongoing family or personal issues.

Symptoms and signs include:

  • Inability to focus
  • Impulsivity
  • Being easily distracted
  • High energy levels
  • Inability to sit still
  • Severe impatience
  • Anger
  • Easily forgetting things

When is it time to get help?

If your child is struggling in school or in other areas of their life with the above symptoms, and you feel it’s impacting the quality of their life, then it’s time to get some support.

ADHD Diagnosis

At Insight, we can provide both a formal clinical assessment to diagnose ADHD and/or an initial screening. In the ADHD screening, your child’s therapist will work with you both to identify the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis. Should there be an indication of concern(s) requiring a more comprehensive clinical assessment, you would be informed of the situation. Should you choose to proceed with a more comprehensive clinical assessment, further service fee would be incurred but the hours already endured through the screening would be included in the formal assessment. 

ADHD treatment methods

First of all, a proper assessment or diagnosis must be in place to diagnose ADHD. An assessment will be conducted by a licensed therapist who will then discuss a therapeutic plan with you and your child. There are several therapies that may work to help your child cope with ADHD including:

  • Behavioural therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment, looking at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how people’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs influence their behaviour and how they perceive themselves.
  • Mindfulness therapy is an approach to treatment that focuses on how people’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs influence their behaviour and how they perceive themselves, others, and the world. The ability to be in the moment, to acknowledge and regulate your emotions helps you to break free from negative thought patterns.
  • Family systems therapy looks at the family as one emotional unit. This therapeutic approach looks at the relationships within the family and the structure as a whole.
  • Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play, using toys, dolls, games, etc. Play allows children a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows them to express their true thought and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

Having a diagnosis of ADHD can be helpful in learning how to manage symptoms. In addition to other treatments such as medications, diet changes, etc. seeing a therapist is an important part of treating and living with ADHD. Therapy can help to decrease impulsivity and help individuals with ADHD to reduce symptoms and the negative impact they may have. As a parent, you can learn how to support your child and look after your own mental health as well.

Insight Psychological has several convenient locations in Alberta. Please contact us today to learn more about your loved one’s ADHD.


Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Assessments

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online

Adults, Seniors

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Terri Mulveney

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Sexuality

Nicole Donovan

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Kathryn Maier

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Assessments

Cody Cobler

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community

Chantelle Owen

Edmonton South, Edmonton Central, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Luke Suelzle

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, Sexuality

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate Services

Lisa Standeven

Corporate Services

Tara-Lee Goerlitz

Corporate Services

Jaci Freeman

Edmonton South

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.