The too-brief (and all-too-common) evaluation
I'm often dismayed to hear that children or adults receive an ADHD diagnosis after brief office visits or cursory review of checklists.
While there is no objective "test" for ADD/ADHD, a robust clinical evaluation includes:
What if we're not ready to spring for the full evaluation just yet?
A full neuropsychological evaluation is too time-consuming and costly for some families, so for clients who are considering extensive evaluation - but not sure about that investment at this point - I regularly offer The ADHD Q&A Consultation in which I review previous testing and help families clarify and articulate their questions. We explore the "ADHD look-alikes" and determine which of these might need to be ruled out. We explore current chief concerns - what's getting in the way right now of effective work or school or social functioning? We then consider 2 or 3 "next steps" - which could mean
So when would it be recommended to have a complete neuropsychological assessment?
Well that's the topic of my next posting. Also coming soon is my answer to a mom's email question, "David what kind of recommendations might you make following neuropsychological evaluation of student with attentional or learning problems?"