Diagnosing Learning Disabilities & ADHD

ADHD Child/Adolescent Testing

eDiagnostic Learning offers online evaluations to assess for ADHD in children/adolescents

After the assessment, we use the information to offer relevant recommendations for both school and home.

ADHD can be caused by many factors

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

A comprehensive evaluation is necessary to establish the diagnosis of ADHD (or ADD) and to rule out other causes for problematic behavior as well as determine the absence or presence of coexisting conditions.

Our ADHD online evaluations are comprehensive and do not center around just a survey or questionnaire that teachers and parents fill out.

Students struggle with attention and focus for a lot of reasons. We want to be sure that we are getting to the root of the problem.

3-4 hours is spent with each student. We examine:

All students have a certain level of inattention and restlessness. We look for behaviors that are outside that normal range.

We talk to the student and ask them why they think they may be struggling. We want to hear, in their own words, what they feel is happening each day both in and outside of school.

Sometime, the student completes a survey to learn more about how they view their own behaviors as well as their attitude towards school, themselves, and their relationship with peers and parents.
We also send surveys to parents and teachers looking at anxiety and depression.

Once we gather all of this information, we determine if the student meets the criteria required to be diagnosed with an attention deficit. To be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, individuals must have six of the nine characteristics in either or both DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) categories listed below. (Adults must have five of the nine characteristics)

In children and teenagers, the symptoms must be more frequent or severe compared to other children the same age. In adults, the symptoms must affect the ability to function in daily life and persist from childhood.

In addition, the behaviors must create significant difficulty in at least two areas of life, such as home, social settings, school, or work. Symptoms must be present for at least six months.

The following are the criteria for the 3 ADD/ADHD subtypes:
ADD or ADHD – 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.

ADD or ADHD – 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.

ADD or ADHD – Combined Type

Individual meets both sets of inattention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.

eDiagnostic Learning has been assessing children and adults since 2004.
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