Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
ADHD may have signs from one, two, or all three of these categories:
ADHD Evaluations have a two-pronged purpose: the first is to determine whether an individual presents with characteristic symptoms or behaviors that would meet the required diagnostic criteria for this particular diagnosis: the second is to rule out other explanations that may better account for the reported symptoms as symptoms associated with other diagnoses may mimic symptoms or behaviors related to ADHD.
Components of an ADHD evaluation include:
Information is gathered regarding the individual’s developmental progress, functioning across settings (e.g., at school and at home), the onset of reported symptoms, impairment in functioning, and pervasiveness of symptoms. This data is used to guide the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and provided treatment recommendations.
Reasons for referral usually include poor academic progress, impaired emotional and behavioral regulation, difficulty regulating attention, as well as hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Evaluations are designed to facilitate securing services in the child’s school and with medical doctors if a diagnosis is rendered.