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:
ADHD Inattentive Type
ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
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
Does not like/ avoids homework
Often leaves seat in situations where remaining seated is expected
Runs or climbs excessively
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