Private ADHD Assessments for Children

If you’ve noticed your child struggling with focus, organisation, or impulsivity, it could be a sign of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a common yet often misunderstood condition. Our private assessment is designed to provide a thorough understanding of your child’s distinct challenges and strengths.  

 

Following NICE guidelines, our comprehensive assessment of your child’s needs and behaviour lays the groundwork for developing effective ongoing strategies and support. Our personalised approach is all about making sure your child gets the specific care they need to thrive on their own unique journey.

 

If you’re looking for an ADHD assessment for yourself, we also offer ADHD assessments specifically for adults. Please visit our dedicated page here for more information.

How do I get my child assessed for ADHD?

Beginning the ADHD assessment process is the first step towards providing your child with the right support and care. Here’s how it works:

Contact Our Clinic

Once you reach out to us, you will speak to a member of our clinical triage team who will gather essential information to determine whether your child’s symptoms and experiences align with the typical signs of ADHD.

Complete Questionnaires

we will provide you with a range of detailed questionnaires to fill out. These are designed to capture various aspects of your child’s behaviour, experiences, and development from your perspective as a parent. If your child is 10 years old or older, they will also need to complete their own questionnaire. This helps us gather a better overview of their experiences from their perspective. However, if your child is under 10 years old, the questionnaires will only need to be completed by you and their school, ensuring we tailor the assessment process appropriately to their age and development stage. If you’re unsure about booking the assessment directly, we can also use Connors questionnaires as a pre-screener. Based on the results of these questionnaires, which are a paid part of our service, we can then confirm and proceed with the full assessment.

School report

A crucial component of our assessment is a school report. We will ask you to liaise with your child’s school for this. The report will provide us with essential insights into how your child is developing and coping at school, especially in contrast to neurotypical development patterns.

The Assessment

As soon as we receive the initial questionnaires and the school report, we can move forward with your child’s ADHD assessment.

What is childhood ADHD?

ADHD usually presents in children and adolescents in one of three ways:


Predominantly Inattentive Type: Does your child struggle to pay attention, follow detailed instructions, or seem to daydream frequently? They might have the predominantly inattentive presentation of ADHD. This can manifest as forgetfulness in daily activities, difficulty organising tasks, or avoiding activities that require sustained mental effort.


Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: If your child often seems to be on the go, talks excessively, or tends to act without thinking, they might have the hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD. Signs include fidgeting, an inability to stay seated, interrupting others, and a general sense of restlessness.


Combined presentation Type: It’s also common for children to show a mix of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. This is known as the combined presentation and is frequently seen in childhood ADHD.

ADHD symptoms in children - a checklist

If you’re concerned that your child may have ADHD, it’s helpful to be aware of the common signs and symptoms. Keep in mind that having several of these symptoms doesn’t automatically mean that your child has ADHD, but it’s a sign that you might want to consider further evaluation from a specialist:

Inattentiveness

  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
  • Appearing not to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often making careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities
  • Challenges in following through on instructions and completing schoolwork, chores, or duties
  • Trouble organising tasks and activities
  • Avoiding or showing reluctance to engage in tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Frequently losing things

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

  • Fidgeting, tapping hands or feet, or difficulties sitting still
  • Difficulty playing or engaging in activities quietly
  • A constant sense of being ‘on the go’
  • Excessive talking
  • Blurting out answers before a question has been completed
  • Difficulty waiting for a turn, such as in line or in games
  • Interrupting or intruding in conversations or games

Combined Symptoms

  • Showing a mix of both inattentiveness and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms

Using this checklist can help you understand whether your child’s behaviour aligns with some of the common ADHD symptoms. However, it’s important to have a professional evaluation for an accurate assessment. Every child is unique, and symptoms can manifest differently, so a detailed evaluation by a specialist is essential for a proper diagnosis.

What causes ADHD in children?

As you learn more about ADHD, it’s important to recognise that it’s a biological condition, and part of the broader spectrum of neurodiversity. It’s not something brought on by things like diet or the way someone’s raised, but is instead rooted in the brain’s development and function.


In many cases, if a child has ADHD, there is a likelihood of finding a family history of ADHD or some other form of neurodiversity. This connection might be present on either parent’s side, and sometimes, it can be traced to both sides of the family. It’s not uncommon for parents of children diagnosed with ADHD to realise that they share similar traits. This can lead them to pursue their own assessments, uncovering ADHD tendencies that may have been less understood or undiagnosed in their generation.


Understanding the causes of ADHD in your child can be an important part of accepting and adapting to their unique needs. Recognising that genetics play a part can shed light on the situation and guide you in the right direction for your child’s care and growth. This journey is about more than just tackling your child’s challenges – it’s also about recognising and valuing the strengths that come with being neurodiverse

How to treat a child with ADHD

Treating a child with ADHD is a personalised journey that depends on their age, the severity of their symptoms, and their specific needs.


For many children with ADHD, a combination of medication and/or behavioural strategies will make up the approach to treatment. While in some cases, medication can be valuable in improving focus, reducing impulsivity and enhancing overall engagement, we understand that it is a decision not to be taken lightly. At our clinic, we take the prescription of medication to children very seriously, and our focus is always on providing a holistic support plan. We work closely with families to explore all available options, ensuring that any treatment plan, whether it involves medication, behavioural strategies, or a blend of both, is tailored to suit your child’s unique needs and your preferences as a family.


When it comes to treating ADHD in children, it’s not just about what the child needs – it’s about giving you, the parent/s or guardian, the support you need too. We will offer guidance and resources to help you develop strategies for better managing ADHD symptoms at home. This might involve learning new ways to communicate with your child, structuring routines in a way that minimises distractions, and other helpful strategies.


This support may also include sessions where we focus on building your understanding of ADHD and its impact on your child’s behaviour and learning. These sessions are designed for you to share your experiences, challenges, and successes. We will guide you through the process of developing and implementing practical solutions at home to help support your child’s growth. 


Helping your child manage their ADHD effectively may mean getting their school involved too. Depending on how much they’re struggling, they might need some extra help with their learning. This could be a few small changes in the classroom or, in some cases, a more detailed support and care plan for their education. We will work with you to understand what your child needs and how to collaborate effectively with their school to ensure those needs are met.


Our goal is to offer a treatment approach that not only addresses the immediate symptoms of ADHD but also supports the overall development and wellbeing of your child. Whether it’s through medication, parenting strategies, or school-based interventions, we aim to provide a supportive environment that allows your child to thrive both

Combined assessments

If you’re noticing behaviours in your child that you think might suggest neurodiversity and you’re unsure whether they point to ADHD or ASD, we can offer a combined assessment. 


During this assessment, our clinician will start by focusing on one area, while also being open to the possibility of the other. As we move forward, another clinician might join the process to carry out additional psychometric questionnaires and interviews. This team effort is vital in accurately determining whether your child meets the criteria for ADHD, ASD, or potentially both.


This approach ensures we explore every aspect of your child’s neurodiversity, providing you with a clear and detailed understanding of their unique situation.

Our Team

Dr Elena Touroni
Dr Zoe Knight
Dr Alika Goodwin
Dr Emma Smith
Dr Claire McDonald
Dr Emanuela Grima
Dr Tom Pennybacker
Gabi Colman
Dr Oliver Bernath
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Dr Tina Grigoriou
Athena Lazaridou
Athena Lazaridou

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of a child ADHD assessment starts from £2100. Please contact our clinic directly to discuss the fees.

If you’re wondering about ADHD signs in teens, there are a few key things to look out for. Just like in younger kids, you might notice they have trouble focusing or staying on task. They may seem easily distracted or forgetful about daily activities. Impulsivity is another common sign – making quick decisions without fully thinking them through. Teens with ADHD might also show signs of restlessness or have a hard time sitting still for long periods. Remember, every teen is different, so these signs can vary in how they appear. If you’re seeing these patterns consistently, it might be a good idea to seek further evaluation from a professional.

When it comes to ADHD in girls, the symptoms can sometimes be subtler compared to boys, making them harder to spot. Girls with ADHD often experience inattentiveness, which might look like daydreaming, being easily distracted, or having trouble focusing on tasks. They might also struggle with organising tasks, following instructions, or completing schoolwork.

 

Apart from inattentiveness, some girls with ADHD may exhibit hyperactivity, but it’s often less about physical activity and more about being talkative or emotionally expressive. Impulsivity in girls can manifest as making quick decisions, interrupting others during conversation, or having difficulty waiting for their turn.

 

Because these symptoms can be less obvious or attributed to other causes, ADHD in girls is often underdiagnosed. If you notice these patterns in your daughter or a girl you know, exploring an evaluation with a healthcare professional could be a helpful next step.

Deciding whether to medicate your child for ADHD is a significant decision that will be thoroughly discussed in your follow-up appointment. During this session, the clinician will explain the outcomes of the assessment, any diagnosis made, and the recommendations, including those regarding medication.

 

To consider medication as an option, the clinician will require specific health measurements of your child. These include, but are not limited to, an ECG, blood pressure, pulse, weight, and various blood tests. We’ll also review your child’s medical records from your GP.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.