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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

We assist children and young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in education, home and community settings through assessments and interventions.

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis which is categorised by ongoing attention difficulties in a range of settings which is impacting on an individual’s daily life or education. Many people experience attention difficulties, or similar indicators of ADHD at some point in their lives, but it is when their lives are being impacted.

A child or young person with ADHD might:

There are times when a child or young person does not have hyperactivity, and they would receive a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD).

What are the causes of ADHD?

The specific causes of ADHD are not yet known, although there might be a genetic cause as ADHD can run in families.

ADHD type behaviours can be an indicator of a different condition, such as:

Some children may have already received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and require additional support to manage their difficulties.

Our process

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:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

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.

How is ADHD assessed?

We assess attention through the use of a variety of tools including screeners, specific assessments, observations and clinical interviews.

Our assessments are compatible with a diagnostic assessment for ADHD. Our assessment includes a full cognitive assessment to determine whether the difficulties impact additional areas. 

We do not diagnose ADHD before the age of 7 as the difficulties may be a typical developmental stage.

What’s in our toolkit...

Cognition and learning assessments will be chosen depending on the individual, their circumstances and what we are specifically assessing. Our team are able to use a variety of cognition and learning assessments, including:

  • QB check - This is a clinical screener for ADHD and it provides a reliable predictor for ADHD traits
  • SNAP-IV Teacher and Parent Rating Scale - A questionnaire to provide information regarding a child or young person’s attention
  • Conners-3 - The Conners-3 is a very useful assessment tool as it includes an ADHD index as well as measuring:
    • Executive functioning, learning problems, aggression, peer and family relations, schoolwork/grades, home life, anxiety
  • TOMAL-2 - Test of memory and learning measures attention and concentration
  • Brown (ADD) scales - Brown attention-deficit disorder scales provide an overview of related behaviours or traits of attention difficulties, including:
    • Organisation, attention, sustaining effort, managing frustration, modulating emotions, the use of working memory, self-monitoring and self-regulating action

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment there should be a better understanding of what an individual’s specific needs are and how best to address those needs. Following an assessment, recommendations can be made to maximise the child or young person’s attention and skills. Recommendations often involve changes to the environment as well as developing techniques for the child or young person, school and home. It may be that further assessments or an intervention are needed.

What interventions do we provide?

Interventions in relation to ADHD 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. We do not provide medication for ADHD. Our interventions can take place alongside medication.

A specialist assessment can identify ADHD and associated needs. Through accurate needs identification, the impact of ADHD can be reduced. Please contact us to discuss an assessment or intervention related to ADHD.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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