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ADHD Counselling

ADHD causes young people to be more inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive than is typical for their age. ADHD makes it harder for people to develop the skills that control attention, behaviour, emotions, and activity.

Children and Teen ADHD Counselling

Understanding ADHD:

Young people with ADHD are like explorers with a lantern that flickers, casting light in many directions simultaneously.

Children and teens with ADHD exhibit a tapestry of traits that are as diverse as they are vibrant.
They often display inattention, finding it hard to concentrate on tasks, forgetting instructions, and frequently moving from one activity to another without completion. Their world is a kaleidoscope of ideas and stimuli where focusing on a single task can be as challenging as trying to catch the wind.

Impulsivity is another hallmark, where actions are taken without forethought, conversations are interrupted with unbidden thoughts, and emotions can escalate quickly. While this spontaneity sometimes leads to challenges, it also brings freshness and authenticity to their interactions.

Hyperactivity manifests as constant movement, an inner engine that propels them to fidget, squirm, and seek new experiences. This restlessness is not mere disquietude but a physical expression of their boundless energy and zest for life.

Despite these challenges, children with ADHD are not defined by them. They possess unique strengths, such as hyper-focusing on tasks that capture their interest and showing remarkable dedication and intensity. Their creativity and capacity for out-of-the-box thinking can lead to innovative solutions and artistic expressions.

We recognize that these children are not a set of symptoms to be managed but individuals with immense potential. With understanding, support, and the right strategies, they can channel their traits into positive outcomes, turning what might be seen as obstacles into stepping stones for success and self-discovery.

Children may have symptoms of both inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, or they may have symptoms of just 1 of these types of behaviour:

Inattentiveness (difficulty concentrating and focusing)

 

  • having a short attention span and being easily distracted

  • making careless mistakes – for example, being in schoolwork or being accident prone. 

  • forgetful or losing things

  • being unable to stick to tedious or time-consuming tasks

  • appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions

  • constantly changing activity or task

  • having difficulty organising tasks

Hyperactivity and impulsiveness
 

  • being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings

  • constantly fidgeting

  • being unable to concentrate on tasks

  • excessive physical movement

  • excessive talking

  • being unable to wait their turn

  • acting without thinking

  • interrupting conversations

  • little or no sense of danger
     

These symptoms can cause significant problems in a child's life, such as underachievement at school, poor social interaction with other children and adults, and problems with discipline.

ADHD Counselling for Children and Teens

Counselling can play a crucial role in supporting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here are some ways in which counselling can be beneficial:

Emotional Wellbeing:

Counsellors work with children to develop strategies for managing their emotions and, thus, find positive ways to manage their behaviour.
 

Social Support:

Children with ADHD often struggle with social interactions. During counselling, young people learn social skills to help them cope with difficult friendship situations.​

Self-Esteem:

Children with ADHD may face challenges and experience frustration. Counselling focuses on building their self-esteem by acknowledging their achievements and encouraging participation in activities where they can succeed.

Individualised Support:

Counselling provides personalised support with tailored interventions to each child’s unique needs, considering their strengths and challenges.

Parent Education:

Counsellors involve parents in the process. Parents can learn about living with ADHD, effective parenting strategies, and communication techniques.

Remember that counselling is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each child’s journey is unique, and counselling aims to empower them to thrive despite their ADHD symptoms.

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Suite 5,
95 Canning Highway,
South Perth,
6151

(08) 6114-1845

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