Normally there would be signs of the above symptoms being more extreme than expected for a young person’s IQ and age from before the age of 6 and the symptoms are there most of the time and do not go away.
Dr van Zwanenberg can assess a young person for ADHD. She will need reports from you as parents or carers, school, as well as the young person themselves. Medication may be indicated for ADHD and if it is prescribed it needs close monitoring. There are several different options for medication and Dr van Zwanenberg would talk these through with you. In addition, it is likely individual therapy might be offered to the young person and at times family therapy may be recommended, so everyone learns strategies to manage the symptoms.
It is well worth getting an assessment and treatment for ADHD. Often families worry medication, if indicated, will change the young person’s personality or take their spark away, but this should not happen with the right medication.
Treatment helps the young person function better and achieve to the levels they are capable of.