What types of testing/strategies are available for students with ADD/ADHD?

A Psychoeducational Evaluation is completed to assist in identifying an attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity or to rule it out. A Psychoeducational Evaluation assesses the following areas:

  • Cognitive/Intelligence
  • Auditory and visual processing
  • Visual–motor integration
  • Fine/gross motor processing
  • Academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, problem solving, science, social studies, humanities
  • Speech
  • Expressive and receptive language

The evaluation will provide information on how the student thinks, reasons, and learns. It will identify strengths and weaknesses in processing, as well as academics and grade level. A conference will be held with the family and/or the student. Individual strategies based on the student’s strengths and weaknesses are developed and presented at the conference. In addition, a program of personalized instruction is presented addressing ADD/ADHD behaviors. 

Private Psychoeducational Evaluations are available.  Please contact us if you wish to schedule a consultation. 

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurobiological condition affecting 5-8 percent of school age children with symptoms persisting into adulthood in as many as 60 percent of cases (i.e. approximately 4% of adults). 

In most cases, ADHD is thought to be inherited, and tends to run in some families more than others. ADHD is a lifespan condition that affects children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. It affects both males and females, and people of all races and cultural backgrounds.*

Some common symptoms and problems of living with ADHD include:

  • Poor attention; excessive distractibility
  • Physical restlessness or hyperactivity
  • Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
  • Excessive and chronic procrastination
  • Difficulty getting started on tasks
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Frequently losing things
  • Poor organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Excessive forgetfulness

Symptoms of Inattention:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of Hyperactivity:

  • Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  • Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
  • Often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
  • Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"
  • Often talks excessively

Symptoms of Impulsivity 

  • Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Often has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games) *

 

*Source: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)