Does your child have trouble paying attention?
Parents often wonder if their child has ADHD especially if they have a very smart but hyperactive kid. Here is what some parents have said about their kids:
“My son is all over the place, restless and very messy".
"My 8th grader is really smart, but he can't focus and he scores terribly at tests”.
"My daughter is always scattered-minded can't finish anything".
"My oldest loses stuff. his homework, the house keys, a couple of times he has left his backpack in the school bus".
Although kids may seem distracted and they may act as if they have ADHD it does not mean they do. The diagnosis of ADHD is a serious and complicated issue, and we need to consider many factors before diagnosing a child. For instance, it is difficult to distinguish between restlessness and the normal rambunctiousness of a kid. Also, children who experience anxiety or depression, or those who have reading problems, or medical issues, or a learning disability, may exhibit symptoms that can easily be mistaken for ADHD and they may go untreated. An objective ADHD assessment is essential for an accurate diagnosis.
Early assessment is key to identifying if your child has ADHD or if there is something else that creates similar symptoms. For example, a kid who is depressed can be forgetful or inattentive. Also, there may be comorbidity, a child may have both ADHD and they may be feeling depressed.
A comprehensive ADHD assessment includes responses from the child, parent, and teacher, as well as a thorough intake with the child and one or both parents. We have tried to make scheduling an appointment for testing a straight forward process and one that will provide answers and a direction for improvement.
How to schedule for the assessment:
Contact our office to schedule an appointment for ADHD testing by clicking here and mention how old your child is and a few of their symptoms. The ADHD test is an online test that you will easily access from your computer at home. If you decide to have an initial visit and discussion of the results you can ask your counselor about a TELEhealth appointment. Sometimes a battery of tests is necessary and you can ask your counselor for more information.
What is involved in the cost of the assessment:
ADHD testing is complex and it requires information that is collected from three different sources: the child, the teacher, and the parents. For a more comprehensive view of possible comorbidity and/or behavior issues a battery of tests may be recommended. You may discuss that with your counselor.
Upon completion, your counselor will analyze the data and will generate a report with the results. You may select to meet with the counselor during and in-person/telehealth appointment for an intake (before the assessment) and for a discussion of the assessment results (after the assessment).
You can request to have the results sent to your child's doctor and/or school. Selecting the right services and help for your child can be complicated and costly. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
How to schedule for the assessment:
A discussion with your counselor will determine if you need a simple test or if other issues are complicating the diagnosis of ADHD. Sometimes a battery of tests for a comprehensive assessment is necessary. You can ask your counselor for more information.
The cost of the Simple ADHD assessment is 240.
The cost of the Complete ADHD assessment is 420.
The cost of the Comprehensive ADHD assessment is 580.
The results will need to be interpreted and written into a report. As soon as your report is ready we will contact you. At that time you can schedule an appointment to discuss the results with your therapist. You may also choose to have the report mailed to you, your child's school, or your child's doctor's office.
After the assessment:
If you decide to meet with your counselor for a feedback session, you will have the opportunity to discuss the test results, and to ask any questions you need to understand what the diagnosis means for you and your child. If your child receives an ADHD diagnosis we will recommend treatment. Treatment options will depend on the age of your child.
We have found that the best way to treat ADHD is a "multimodal" approach that includes:
medical, educational, behavioral, and psychological intervention:
learning about ADHD
Treatment is unique for each individual child and their family. Through a multimodal treatment, the child will learn how to manage the symptoms of attention-deficit, and how to improve their academic performance and psychological sense of well-being.