Diagnosing Learning Disabilities & ADHD

ADHD Child/Adolescent Testing

A comprehensive evaluation is necessary for diagnosing ADHD.

This enables us to rule out any other causes for inattention or impulsivity.

There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, instead, determining whether a student has this disorder takes many steps.

There are many reasons why a student may struggle with attention and focus.  We want to be sure that we are getting to the root of the problem and ensure that no other learning disabilities or processing issues are present.  Our online evaluations take from 3-4 hours and do not center around just surveys and questionnaires.  Instead, our online evaluation includes:

  • an assessment of how the student learns and processes information.
  • an assessment of their academic skills to determine if there are any gaps present that may be causing inattention or are caused by the inattention.
  • observations of how the student works and behaves such as focusing, planning, organizing and executing tasks, as well as movement throughout the evaluation.
  • surveys that cover a wide range of executive functioning skills as well as signs of depression and anxiety. It will also look at their relationship with peers and parents. We may send surveys to parents and teachers to learn how they view the student’s behaviors and skills in the home and classroom settings.
  • a discussion with the student to learn how they feel about their own struggles and what is happening each day both in and outside of school.

As part of the comprehensive online evaluation for ADHD, we administer the Qb Check which is an objective measure of attention, impulsivity, and activity level.   Click here for information about the Qb Check.

Once we complete the evaluation, we can then determine if the student meets the criteria required to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder. To be diagnosed with ADHD, individuals must have six of the nine characteristics in either or both DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) categories listed below.

Predominantly Inattentive Type
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
Has difficulty sustaining attention.
Does not appear to listen.
Struggles to follow through on instructions.
Has difficulty with organization.
Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
Loses things.
Is easily distracted.
Is forgetful in daily activities.

Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type
Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair.
Has difficulty remaining seated.
Runs about or climbs excessively.
Difficulty engaging in activities quietly.
Acts as if driven by a motor.
Talks excessively.
Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
Interrupts or intrudes upon others.

Combined Type
Individual meets both inattention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.

 

eDiagnostic Learning has been assessing children and adults since 2004.  Call today to see how we can help!