ADHD ASSESSMENTS - YOUTH
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment – Kids & Teens
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental conditkion that impacts around 5-9% of children in Canada. If you suspect your child has ADHD, a comprehensive assessment can assist both you and your child’s teacher(s) in providing the right support.
At Bhatia Psychology Group, we are here to support you through every stage. Our comprehensive ADHD assessment provides a profound insight into your child’s challenges and identifies potential school accommodations, ensuring they can reach their full potential. This process can help to pave the way for a brighter and better future.
What is an ADHD Assessment?
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) spill over into every area of a child’s life; it can impact their ability to make or keep friends, how they interact with their family, their self-esteem, and their capability to look after their own personal safety. However, with the right support and treatment plan, people with ADHD can thrive and live happy, fulfilling lives.
An ADHD assessment evaluates many skills, including attention, self-regulation, concentration, impulse control, and organization. Subtypes of ADHD include Primarily Hyperactive and Impulsive ADHD, Primarily Inattentive ADHD (ADD), or Combined Type ADHD. Knowing the subtype is helpful for a treatment plan and support strategy that will work best.
It’s recommended when:
They are easily distracted
Has problems concentrating or focusing
Behavioural or conduct difficulties
Partake in destructive behaviours
Regularly acts impulsively
Trouble staying on task (specifically those that need sustained mental effort)
Types of ADHD
There are three major types of ADHD, each with varying dominant symptoms. These include:
Inattentive Type ADHD:
Inattentive ADHD is characterized primarily by difficulties maintaining attention and organization. It’s often associated with trouble following through on tasks. With this type, children or teens may daydream frequently and become easily distracted.
The subtype is often marked by excessive physical activity, impulsive behavior, and impulse control. Children and teens with this subtype often struggle with restlessness, impulsivity, and may find it challenging to wait their turn or think before acting.
This encompasses symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactivity-impulsive ADHD. It is the most common form of ADHD diagnosed in children and teens. They may exhibit challenges in sustaining attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulties with organization and focus.
How It Works
Determining an ADHD diagnosis involves criteria that examine all the above. It also includes differentiating between the three different types when a diagnosis is made. Overall, ADHD testing includes the following steps:
This first step involves discussions with parents or caregivers and the child or teen. We gather background information. Typically, this includes info regarding developmental history, academic performance, and behavioural observations.
Assessment involves an interview with the child or teen. It further includes various tests to evaluate:
- Cognitive abilities
- Academic skills
- Executive functioning
These assessments help to rule out other conditions, as well as identify specific challenges related to your child’s ADHD (if a diagnosis is made).
Based on the diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations are outlined. We then determine the best strategies going forward. This may involve behavioural, school, or medicinal interventions (or a combination of these). The goal is to create an environment that fosters your child’s strengths.
FAQs – ADHD Assessment
Why is it important to get an ADHD evaluation for my child?
What is typically included in the ADHD Assessment?
– Additional screening measures
– Direct assessment of focus and attention
– More extensive background history
– Additional scoring and reporting