Parent testimony: ADHD
My daughter is a bright child. She had glowing reports from her teachers throughout infant school, particularly over her ability and behaviour, which was often described as “exemplary”. At home, however, things were a different story. She was forgetful, easily distracted, often had meltdowns after school. Playdates needed a referee and she could not sit down at the table and eat a meal. I knew something was slightly off but didn’t know what. After all, everyone kept telling me how beautifully behaved she was! It was only when, at aged seven, I realised her responses to incidents were over-emotional and far more intense than her two-year-old brother’s. That wasn’t right. I went into school and they thought I was nuts. They didn’t think I was talking about the same child. A bit of research led me to Nicola, who immediately formed a rapport with my daughter so she felt at ease. Nicola immediately spotted subtle signs, such as how my daughter physically reacted to contain her anger when something unexpected happened. After an hour, Nicola diagnosed ADHD, which is hard to identify in girls and even harder in bright girls, who work hard to mask their symptoms. I couldn’t believe I had an answer!! For years I had wondered what was going on and within an hour I knew! Since then, we’ve started to put a plan in place to help my daughter, including art sessions with Nicola, and already we are seeing an improvement. I cannot thank Nicola enough. She’s not only changed my daughter’s life, but also my life, her dad’s and her little brother’s. We are a family again.