Assessments for ADHD is critical to understand the child’s strengths and how attention affects learning. Our assessments highlight strengths identify effective interventions to support student success in school and in life. The bottom-line: proper identification is essential in promoting positive outcomes for students academically, socially, and emotionally.
Kids with ADHD are often inconsistent, able to do great in one situation and not so well in others. Therefore, information must be obtained from adults who know the child in different settings, such as parents and teachers or other caregivers. Any assessment for ADHD must also evaluate the child’s behavioural, emotional, and social functioning; as well as their strengths, learning needs, and executive functions.
Comprehensive assessments must be conducted to understand the nature of the child’s ADHD and when the ADHD is helpful for the child or a hindrance. This multi-method assessment approach often includes:
- parent and child interviews
- parent- and teacher-completed child behaviour rating scales
- parent self-report measures
- review of prior school and medical records
- individually administered intelligence testing, educational achievement testing, or screening for learning disabilities
- a standard pediatric examination or neurodevelopmental screening to rule out any unusual medical conditions that might produce ADHD-like symptoms
- additional assessment procedures may be recommended, including vision and hearing screening, as well as formal speech and language assessment