Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Assessment for ADHD can include a diagnostic interview, intellectual assessment, tests of academic achievement, neuropsychological tests to assess executive functioning and attention, as well as parent, teacher, and self-report questionnaires to assess the symptoms of ADHD.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a pattern of behaviours thoughts, impulsivity, and/or a lack of attention, that can result in performance issues in social, educational, and work settings.

There are three types of ADHD:

  1. ADHD Inattentive Type
  2. ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
  3. ADHD Combined Type

Does my child have ADHD?

The following are some signs that your child may have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • Doesn’t pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Difficulty keeping attention during tasks or activities
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Does not finish school work, chores, or workplace duties
  • Difficulty with organization
  • Often loses things
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Does not like/ avoids homework
  • Often fidgets
  • Often leaves seat in situations where remaining seated is expected
  • Runs or climbs excessively
  • Feels restless
  • Often has difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Constantly “on the go”
  • Often talks excessively
  • Often blurts out answers before hearing the complete questions
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on other people

How can the results from the ADHD assessment be used?

  • Determining whether it is in fact ADHD causing the observed behaviours
  • Providing information about learning needs, strengths and weaknesses
  • Identifying if there are other learning disabilities that need intervention
  • Specific recommendations for accommodations at school and/or work
  • In certain cases, recommendation to consult a physician regarding medication