Children and adolescents who struggle with attention deficit require proper diagnosis so that an effective plan of action can be put into place. Although symptoms of ADHD and ADD prove challenging, developing the skills and structure to achieve one’s potential is not an impossible task.
In order to properly diagnose ADHD and a child’s/adolescent’s learning strengths and weaknesses, one of our certified school psychologists or clinical psychologists will conduct a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation. A comprehensive ADHD assessment through psychoeducational evaluation reviews not only concentration abilities, attention abilities, and struggles but also looks at learning strengths and weaknesses.
This type of ADHD assessment also rules out any other psychological or learning related issues a child/teen may be having that may be mimicking the symptoms of ADHD or contributing to the symptoms of ADHD. When simple screening tests are done without a more comprehensive look at a child/teen’s functioning, misdiagnosis can occur.
In addition to assessing learning strengths and weaknesses, along with any psychological issues that may be underlying the attention, learning and concentration issues, a thorough ADHD assessment from our child psychologists and certified school psychologists includes:
- Structured, clinical interview
- academic testing
- achievement testing
- behavioral checklists
- psychological testing
- observation (when appropriate)
- motor functioning
- executive functioning
- learning abilities
- observing sustained attention
- the ability to shift attention
- level of alertness
Detailed assessments of the above contribute to an accurate ADHD assessment and provide useful recommendations for the future.
Following the evaluation, recommendations are then made with all of the information gathered in order to provide the child, parents, and school with specific strategies tailored to the child’s individual learning needs and/or behavioral issues. All ADHD assessments are tailored to our client’s needs in order to understand the underlying issues. A detailed and comprehensive written report – paired with recommendations – is provided along with a feedback session to review the results and recommendations.
These evaluations are conducted for children, adolescents, college students and adults.