Do you see your child suffering in school? Are you worried that you or your child may have problems with learning? Edmonton ADHD offers consultations and diagnostic evaluations for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Our evaluations are in-depth and multi-modal in nature. We coordinate our assessments with other professionals involved in your child’s well-being including teachers, day care providers, and pediatricians.
Components of an ADHD Evaluation
- In-depth structured interview with family members, client, and teachers
- Rating scales addressing inattention, hyperactivity and social-emotional difficulties
- Intelligence testing
- Achievement testing
- Consideration of the child’s or adolescent’s emotional functioning
- Observation of child or adolescent’s skills during play or work
The Diagnosis of ADHD
The diagnosis of ADHD is best made by a clinician who uses all of the pertinent and available information. The diagnosis is not made by a behavior rating or by a test although they provide useful and necessary information.
The basic recommended steps to make a diagnosis of ADHD include:
- a comprehensive medical, social, and psychological history,
- an interview of the individual, in part to assess self-esteem and coping strategies,
- behavior ratings from the classroom teacher and parents.
- a symptom behavior check list (based on DSM IV) to accurately determine the presence and severity of symptoms,
- review of any previous medical, psychological and educational assessments to determine whether there are additional problems that need to be taken into account,
- Continuous Performance Tests like the IVA and the T.O.V.A. to accurately measure attention, impulsivity, and related behaviors, and
- consideration of referrals for additional psychological and educational assessments as well as neurological and medical consultations.