ADHD Planning Flowchart

‘Where do I start and how do I get help?’ is the question that parents ask themselves when there is a suspicion that something is not quite right with their child. The following flowchart may help you organise your thoughts and think about what needs to be done and in what order to do it.


Suspicion of a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Something is not quite right, could it be Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)?

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Document your observations of your child.

What are you seeing or not seeing, what comments are you hearing from other people, what are the teachers saying?

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Speak with your medical practitioner

Ask for a referral for an assessment with a paediatrician and a psychologist

Diagnosis is confirmed as ADHD without any further learning disability:

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If your child is under 5 years of age

Make the Kinder / Early Intervention Services aware of the diagnosis

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If your child is school age

Make an appointment with the school principal to discuss implications for educational pathways and adjustments that may be required

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For the young adult

This information will provide information for post school pathways to study and employment for ‘reasonable accommodations’ to be made.

Diagnosis is confirmed as ADHD with possible associated learning disability:

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Referral for further assessment

If you believe your child or the young adult shows signs of repetitive behaviours, communication and social issues, lack of understanding of concepts in comparison to children of the same age.

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Cognitive assessment

What was my child’s IQ range? Normal 70 and above, mild range 70 to 55 or moderate to severe range below 55.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD)

Is this diagnosed and to what degree? High or low functioning.

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If you receive a further diagnosis and your child is under 5 years of age.

Register with your local provider to access Early Intervention Services and register with disability services.

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If your child is school age.

Make an appointment with the school principal to discuss implications for educational pathways and adjustments that may be required, provide documentation to the school to obtain further funding for school support and register with disability services.

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For the young adult

This information will provide information for post school pathways to study and employment for ‘reasonable accommodations’ to be made and also register with disability services.

 

 

 

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