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The ADHD Centre is home to a team of highly experienced and dedicated ADHD specialist Psychiatrists, Therapists and Coaches who can provide the most accurate private ADHD assessments for children and young people as well as adults. We will help you and your child to learn how to understand and manage their symptoms.

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At The ADHD Centre our experts are here to help parents and children learn to understand and successfully manage their ADHD symptoms. Through individual assessment, proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatments, which are planned and tailored towards your child’s specific needs, we can support you as a family in facing the challenges that ADHD can bring throughout your child’s development.

Online or face-to-face appointments available

Speak to a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with years of experience in the field

Get a structured clinical assessment specifically for childhood ADHD, based on the latest DSM-V criteria

90 – 120 minutes for your initial interview assessment

Receive a full report outlining diagnosis and treatment plan details

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What is childhood ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder commonly characterised by signs and symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsivity or a combination of all.

There are three recognised types of ADHD in children:

  • Inattentive: When symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity/impulsivity, have been present for at least six months
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive: When symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity, but not inattention, have been present for at least six months
  • Combination: When symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, have been present for at least six months

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Undiagnosed and untreated ADHD may lead to behavioural challenges both at home and school. ADHD symptoms in children can negatively impact on school performance, social interaction and discipline, but when assessed and diagnosed early, children have more opportunity to learn to manage their symptoms and develop resilience and coping mechanisms as they grow.

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Does my child have ADHD?

An occasional lack of attention, being forgetful or fidgety and a little hyperactive at times can all be typical childhood traits and are not necessarily indicative of ADHD. However, if you are seeing a significant number of these signs and symptoms and they persist at school, at home and during play, then a private children’s ADHD assessment is recommended.

ADHD can be diagnosed in children from the age of 5 and the signs and symptoms will usually be noticeable before the age of 12.

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The ADHD Centre Specialist Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists use a specific diagnostic assessment tool called the Conners 3, as well as a full structured clinical assessment to gather information from the parents, school and the child. This is widely recognised as the gold standard assessment tool for diagnosing ADHD in children and young adolescents.

It is never too late to receive an ADHD diagnosis and we also diagnose ADHD in students and adults, using other well-recognised methods, but studies show that the sooner you can receive a diagnosis and bespoke treatment, the more positive your outcome is likely to be.

Childhood ADHD symptoms

The symptoms of ADHD in children are usually traits, that are therefore always present and not episodic. You may notice these traits becoming more prominent in certain situations, for example when doing schoolwork or during play time. If the symptoms are on the whole consistent, then an ADHD assessment is the right step to take.

The main signs and symptoms of inattentiveness are:

  • Having a short attention span and being easily distracted
  • Making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
  • Appearing forgetful or losing things
  • Being unable to stick to tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
  • Appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions
  • Constantly changing activity or task
  • Having difficulty organising tasks

The main signs and symptoms of impulsiveness and hyperactivity are:

  • 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
  • Having little or no sense of danger

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Children’s ADHD assessment and diagnosis

Children’s ADHD assessments consist of a structured clinical assessment for ADHD using the latest Conners 4 diagnostic assessment tool. This well-recognised tool has three components (Teacher, Parent and Child) and is used to help your Consultant Psychiatrist to get a better objective understanding of how your child’s ADHD symptoms may have affected them throughout their life.

You will meet with one of our Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to complete the assessment. The doctor will take a detailed assessment of your child’s presenting symptoms, how the symptoms have developed over time, past medical history, developmental history and family history.

Following this, the doctor will formulate a differential diagnosis, taking into consideration all of the above information. This will then form the basis of an individualised treatment plan, which is designed to ensure that your child receives the best possible management and care.

Client Reviews

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment ServicesI had an online assessment back in March with Dr. Rahman and I have been really surprised and pleased with the process so far. I have been started on elvanse and also started online started online coaching with Helen. Ther results are already very noticeable. I am working at home at the moment as an accountant and I have been able to properly focus on my daily work  tasks as well as organise and manage other areas of my life, which I didn’t even realise were in such disarray! Thank you for your help.

S Jacobs

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I recently booked an online skype assessment with Dr. Kulik through the ADHD Centre. I was waiting for lockdown to end but then decided that I could not wait any longer as my symptoms  were getting worse. The assessment was very clear and worked well over the internet. I have now started treatment which is making a massive difference during these challenging times. I hope that more clinics offer this service in the future and perhaps more aspects of healthcare can go online.

K Thomas

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services We are so glad that we finally got round to this and only wish we had come a few years ago. We have a boy and girl aged 9 and 11, both with long suspected ADHD symptoms. We had tried getting help through local NHS services but were going round in circles. We finally decided to have them assessed privately at The ADHD Centre in September. As a result we have been able to access the treatment, care and support they really need. It’s so great to see them both flourishing at school and at home.

Kent Charlotte

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services My best friend had been wondering if she had ADHD and really struggling with her job and family life. I wanted to help so I found the ADHD Centre online. She has now been fully assessed and diagnosed and started treatment with medication and coaching. The change has been incredible. She is so much happier now!

Sophia Bartlett

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I am a parent of an ADHD child and I was very worried how this may affect his accademic success, self-esteem and general happiness. Dr Kumar from the ADHD Centre has done a really first class job in helping the whole family through the diagnosis and treatment process. I can now say that my son is thriving at school and so much happier.

Joseph Knight

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services Thanks to everyone at the ADHD Centre for helping so much with son’ss care. He is now able to actually pay attention during lessons and not get so easily distracted. He feels much better about himself now that he is doing better at school. This has had a really positive knock on effect on everything from his social skills to ability in team sports as well as gearing him up for his exams. I have already recommended the Centre to a few other families in a similar situation.

Josephine W.

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I contacted The ADHD Centre about 18 months after being diagnosed with ADHD, and feeling extremely frustrated to have not yet found a combination of medication that I was happy with. My experience with Dr Kripalani has been fantastic. For the first time in my life, I am now on a combination of medication that works well. Dr K is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also a compassionate professional who shows a genuine interest in treating all aspects of your ADHD.

S Thakrar

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services The ADHD team are excellent both in their expertise and the way that they treat you, with dignity and respect, and listen to and take on board your views on your treatment and what has been helpful and what has not in the past. Excellent and efficient service. Highly recommended!

Samantha Freya

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I had an online assessment back in March with Dr. Rahman and I have been really surprised and pleased with the process so far. I have been started on elvanse and also started online started online coaching with Helen. Ther results are already very noticeable. I am working at home at the moment as an accountant and I have been able to properly focus on my daily work tasks as well as organise and manage other areas of my life, which I didn’t even realise were in such disarray! Thank you for your help.

S Jacobs

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I recently booked an online skype assessment with Dr. Kulik through the ADHD Centre. I was waiting for lockdown to end but then decided that I could not wait any longer as my symptoms were getting worse. The assessment was very clear and worked well over the internet. I have now started treatment which is making a massive difference during these challenging times. I hope that more clinics offer this service in the future and perhaps more aspects of healthcare can go online.

K Thomas

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services My best friend had been wondering if she had ADHD and really struggling with her job and family life. I wanted to help so I found the ADHD Centre online. She has now been fully assessed and diagnosed and started treatment with medication and coaching. The change has been incredible. She is so much happier now!

Sophia Bartlett

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I am a parent of an ADHD child and I was very worried how this may affect his accademic success, self-esteem and general happiness. Dr Kumar from the ADHD Centre has done a really first class job in helping the whole family through the diagnosis and treatment process. I can now say that my son is thriving at school and so much happier.

Joseph Knight

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services Thanks to everyone at the ADHD Centre for helping so much with son’ss care. He is now able to actually pay attention during lessons and not get so easily distracted. He feels much better about himself now that he is doing better at school. This has had a really positive knock on effect on everything from his social skills to ability in team sports as well as gearing him up for his exams. I have already recommended the Centre to a few other families in a similar situation.

Josephine W.

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services I contacted The ADHD Centre about 18 months after being diagnosed with ADHD, and feeling extremely frustrated to have not yet found a combination of medication that I was happy with. My experience with Dr Kripalani has been fantastic. For the first time in my life, I am now on a combination of medication that works well. Dr K is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also a compassionate professional who shows a genuine interest in treating all aspects of your ADHD.

S Thakrar

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services The ADHD team are excellent both in their expertise and the way that they treat you, with dignity and respect, and listen to and take on board your views on your treatment and what has been helpful and what has not in the past. Excellent and efficient service. Highly recommended!

Samantha Freya

5 Star Review for ADHD Treatment Services We are so glad that we finally got round to this and only wish we had come a few years ago. We have a boy and girl aged 9 and 11, both with long suspected ADHD symptoms. We had tried getting help through local NHS services but were going round in circles. We finally decided to have them assessed privately at The ADHD Centre in September. As a result we have been able to access the treatment, care and support they really need. It’s so great to see them both flourishing at school and at home.

Kent Charlotte

How does treatment work for children with ADHD?

Your child’s individual ADHD treatment plan may involve a combination of different components such as:

  • Specific ADHD medication
  • Focused psychology and behavioural coaching
  • Specialist educational tutoring and mentoring
  • Parent support and training

The ADHD Centre will help to design each child’s specific treatment plan considering the child’s own wishes and priorities as well as those of the parents. Our holistic assessment approach, which is based upon your child’s own specific experiences of their ADHD symptoms will allow us to form a deep understanding of your child’s condition, meaning we can recommend only the most valuable treatment options to you as a family. We will also take time to provide the necessary support to parents to help them to effectively understand the ADHD condition, which will enable them to aid their children in learning more about active symptom management which may include, for example, how to take ADHD medication appropriately and how to apply specific behavioural tools and techniques for optimal ADHD symptom management.

ADHD in Children: FAQs

  • Who does the ADHD Assessment?
  • What is the age range for a child and adolescent ADHD assessment?
  • What will happen after my child’s ADHD assessment?
  • What happens if my child is prescribed medication?
  • Do you offer any ADHD treatments other than medication?
  • Will my ADHD diagnosis be recognised by schools/GP’s?
  • With a private ADHD diagnosis, will my child be eligible for extra support at school and access to an IEP?
  • What if my child is diagnosed with something other than ADHD?
  • Who else can get ADHD treatment at The ADHD Centre?
  • How much does adult ADHD treatment at The ADHD Centre cost?
Who does the ADHD Assessment?

Assessments in children and adolescents under 18 are undertaken by a Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist (not psychologist) who specialises in ADHD. A Consultant Psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specialises in mental health and can prescribe ADHD medications if required.

What is the age range for a child and adolescent ADHD assessment?

We can only assess children from the age of 5 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 will need a child assessment rather than an adult assessment, as the structure and the need for Conners questionnaires in the assessment is a prerequisite for the diagnosis to be recognised.

What will happen after my child’s ADHD assessment?

Following your child’s ADHD assessment we will send you, via secure email, a detailed report from your Consultant Psychiatrist, outlining any diagnosis and treatment plan details. You should receive this within 2-3 weeks of your assessment.

What happens if my child is prescribed medication?

If your child’s treatment plan recommends a trial of medication, then we will outline any baseline health checks that are required (such as blood pressure, pulse, weight, blood tests, ECG or a cardiovascular examination) that can be booked with your GP practice and returned to us for your consultant to review before your first follow-up appointment is offered.*

If they are initiated on a medication trial, they will usually require on average between 3-6 follow-up appointments to reach the correct dose. NICE and GMC guidelines recommend a review by a specialist after each dose titration for safe prescribing practice.

During the follow-up appointment, your Consultant Psychiatrist will monitor your child’s response to treatment, any adverse side effects, physical observations (BP, pulse and weight). They will communicate with your GP informing them of your progress as per GMC guidelines on safe prescribing. Clients will be required to pay for follow-up appointments and private prescriptions fees during this time.

Once your child is established on a stable medication regime, we can set up a shared care agreement with a GP, if they are willing to accept. We have standard protocol documents for this procedure. At this stage, your GP would then take over the prescribing of any medication. This would mean that your prescription would then become an NHS prescription and charged at their lower, standard rate.

[*Please note we cannot guarantee a Shared Care arrangement with your GP, but most of our clients that go down the medication route do end up on shared care. We would advise you to discuss this with your GP in advance.]

Do you offer any ADHD treatments other than medication?

We offer a 4-part parenting course, which is delivered online or in person within the central London area. The course includes session summaries, slides and worksheets and a personalised approach to help parents and children manage the symptoms they particularly would like more support with. We also offer an online essential mindfulness course for help with specific ADHD symptoms. Details of this can be found here.

Will my ADHD diagnosis be recognised by schools/GP’s?

As the diagnosis is done by a GMC registered Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in ADHD, there is no reason why this will not be recognised by a school, college or your GP. If in doubt, then you are advised to check beforehand with your school or GP.

With a private ADHD diagnosis, will my child be eligible for extra support at school and access to an IEP?

Your Consultant Psychiatrist will note any reasonable adjustments they feel necessary for school, college or university in your assessment letter. A diagnosis of ADHD will usually enable you to have access to extra support in school and form part of your child’s IEP (individual educational plan/programme). This is developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialised instruction and access to related services.

What if my child is diagnosed with something other than ADHD?

Whilst our assessments are specifically for ADHD, your Consultant Psychiatrist will also undertake a general psychiatric assessment and note any other common comorbid psychiatric conditions which may be contributing to your child’s current difficulties; such as anxiety, depression, or traits of autistic spectrum condition. They will discuss and give guidance about what further assessment and treatment options are available for these conditions.

Who else can get ADHD treatment at The ADHD Centre?

Our highly-skilled specialist doctors don’t just provide bespoke ADHD treatments for young children. At The ADHD Centre, we also specialise in assessments and treatments for older school age children, students and adults. Seek a diagnosis today and free yourself from your symptoms.

How much does adult ADHD treatment at The ADHD Centre cost?

We offer a range of services. Please see our ADHD treatment pricing page for more information.


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