ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

QANC Team has a unique approach to ADHD. We are the only Specialised Team for Children and Adults with ADHD. QANC has a team of trained ADHD Coaches who provide Specialised Coaching, Education, Testing and Therapy for Individuals, Families and Partners of ADHD Children, Adolescents and Adults.

At QANC we are a “One Stop Shop” for an evidence based, integrated Doctor – Patient – Coach – Family – Carer approach. We approach potential ADHD concerns with clear protocols, diagnostic processes and evidence based shared ownership.

We recognise the trauma of a person influenced or shaped by living with undiagnosed ADHD. We are sensitive to the needs of ADHD carers and the burden they share. We firmly believe in not rushing into a “one session” generic diagnosis and treatment.

ADHD Coaching allows for a non medical approach and serves as a complement to holistic integrated scientific treatment of ADHD with a unique Team approach. It focuses on building strengths from better coping and problem solving to utilise one’s potential after an ADHD diagnosis is made.

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do you suspect that you or someone you know may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder? The signs of ASD can be different in children, adolescents and adults and each individual will experience them differently.

The following could all be signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. At QANC we offer comprehensive assessments including an in-depth clinical review of Child or Adult’s developmental, medical, educational and family history.

QANC Psychologist offers Classroom observations, School Visits (if applicable) and cutting edge iPad Testing tailored to each individuals needs.  We also offer support, information, education and work in collaboration with Families and Schools.

Children may:

  • Struggle to make and keep friends?
  • Need other children to play by their rules?
  • Have trouble understanding the social rules of friendship?
  • Have compulsive behaviours – e.g. lining up their toys?
  • Is easily upset by change and likes to follow routines – e.g. going to school the same way or always using a certain set of cutlery?
  • Has an unusual tone of voice, or use speech in an unusual way – e.g. have an American accent
  • Has difficulty with imaginative play – e.g. being unable to pretend a crayon is a airplane
  • Difficulty with sleep – e.g. not being able to go to sleep or waking up early?
  • Sensitive to sensory experiences – e.g. find classrooms and shops too noisy?
  • Getting overwhelmed easily and have meltdowns?

It is not uncommon for someone to receive a diagnosis in his or her teens. Often the signs may have not have gone unnoticed in childhood for various reasons but the extra social demands of the teenage years can cause the symptoms of ASD to become apparent.

Teenagers may?

  • Have trouble when taking turns in conversations – e.g. only want to talk about their interests
  • Getting confused by language and take things literally – e.g. actually putting their chin up in the air when told to “keep their chin up”
  • Finding it hard to follow a set of instructions with more than one step
  • Not making appropriate eye contact
  • Preferring to spend time on his or her own, rather than with friends
  • Having trouble relating to children their own age, and might prefer the company of adults
  • Being unusually sensitive and get upset easily
  • Feeling anxious or feeling overwhelmed when things change
  • Depression – teenagers with ASD are often aware of their differences and feel like they are not part of the group
  • School refusal or not wanting to go to school but not being able to tell you exactly why
  • Adults with ASD have often learnt to mask their difficulties and compensate for them.

Some of the signs of ASD may include:

  • Finding it difficult to engage in social situations and not being good at ‘small talk’
  • Trouble empathising with others e.g. can’t imagine what it would be like to be someone else
  • Having a hard time understanding another person’s point of view
  • Difficulties controlling feelings such as anger, depression and anxiety
  • Having difficulties getting along with co-workers and not working well in group projects
  • Being the last one to understand a joke
  • Trouble organizing themselves in day to day activities
  • Preferring routines and schedules and becoming upset when they are changed
SLD – Specific Learning Disorder

SLD – Specific Learning Disorder

A Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) affects how someone learns. Often these individuals will do really well in some areas and then struggle in others?

A SLD can occur in reading, writing or mathematics. These individuals are not dumb or lazy but have brains that are ‘wired’ differently and this causes them to see, hear and understand things in different ways to most people.

At QANC we use a comprehensive assessment process to determine if an individual has a SLD this includes: a clinical review of an individuals developmental, medical, educational and family history, classroom observations, discussions with teachers and in-depth cognitive and academic testing using the latest in iPad testing. We can also work with schools to help them understand how to teach a child with a SLD.

Some of the signs of a SLD are:

  • Difficulty with reading e.g. trouble sounding out words, slow reading
  • Problems with math skills
  • Difficulty remembering simple instructions
  • Difficulty with writing e.g. tiring easily during writing tasks
  • Inability to discriminate between/among letters, numerals, or sounds
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Problems paying attention.
  • Poor hand/eye coordination
  • Difficulty with concepts related to time
  • Problems staying organized
  • Struggling to learn in the classroom environment
  • Performs differently from day to day
  • Says one thing, means another
  • Difficulty sounding out words
Psychology

General Psychiatry

Psychiatrists provide Specialist Medical Consultations (including second opinions). Consultations could be opinions, exploration, possible diagnosis, understanding and education of available treatment options for any relevant problems, impacting on you, your friends, family, partners and your life in general.

These may include any problems in:

  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Work life
  • Family
  • Children
  • Everyday life in general

Which can result in:

  • Difficulties in coping
  • Burnout
  • Anger
  • Impulsivity in behaviours
  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Illicit substance use
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Depression
  • No motivation
  • Confusion
  • Feeling of being lost
  • Guilt
  • Sense of helplessness
  • And even suicidal thoughts
Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Psychologists provide counselling, guidance, support and talking therapies to the vulnerable with the aim of strengthening their coping mechanisms at a time of crises.

QANC Psychologists believe in empathic understanding in the uniqueness of every individual and their Mental Health Issues. They work with our skilled Specialists in a Client Centered, shared Team approach with clearly defined goals and a time limited plan.

QANC Psychologists offer a style of Therapy tailored to the needs of their patients lives at that specific stage of their life. We do not believe in “One for All” Therapy style. We believe in empowerment and autonomy for our clients, not for us.

Some but not all specialised talking treatments at QANC include:

  • ADHD Coaching
  • Grief Counselling
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Chronic Pain Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety, Panic, PTSD, Depression
  • Cognitive Remediation
  • Forensic Assessments
  • School based Interventions
  • Acceptance Commitment Psychotherapy
  • Schema Based Psychotherapy
  • Supportive Counselling to Families, Carers and Partners
  • Addiction Counselling and Therapy
Neuropsychology

Neuropsychiatry

QANC provides highly specialised measurements of various Brain Functions in Children and Adults by utilising a series of cutting edge Evidence Based Tests, Questionnaires and Research based Interview Protocols.

Testing for Children and adults include:

  • ADHD in Children and Adults
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Aspergers Syndrome
  • Specific Learning Deficits
  • Dyslexia
  • Slow Learning
  • Head Trauma
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Memory Deficits
  • IQ Testing for Children and Adults
Testing

Cognitive Testing

At QANC we offer comprehensive assessments for children, adolescents and adults. We specialise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders and Specific Learning Disorders. Often there is a lot of overlap between these three diagnoses and it is important to determine if an individual meets the diagnostic criteria for one or more of these disorders.

Our diagnostic protocol includes:

  • Comprehensive cognitive testing
  • Specific memory and executive functioning testing
  • Academic testing to determine specific difficulties e.g. orthographic vs. phonemic reading difficulties

iPad Testing

At QANC we use the latest in iPad testing as it is more engaging for children and makes the assessment process quicker and more enjoyable. Unlike the old pencil and paper tests children find the iPad to be more relevant and relate well to it. Research has shown that the iPad tests are reliable and valid and do not change the results of the testing.