Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American children. It interferes with a person's ability to stay on a task and to exercise age-appropriate inhibition (cognitive alone or both cognitive and behavioral).
At PPCD we conduct a comprehensive, hands on ADHD evaluation. We believe that a thorough evaluation must be completed in order to diagnose ADHD or to rule out, or diagnose, other conditions that may present as an attention and/or behavior regulation problem.
Psychological tools used in the assessment include:
1. Rating Scales: Rating scales are completed by parents/caregivers and school personnel to gain prospective from several sources. The information obtained from the standardized rating scales will be compared with that of other children of the same age. Rating Scales administered focus on:
- ADHD symptoms
- Executive Functioning
- Mental Health
- Substance Abuse
- Social and Interpersonal Functioning
2. Clinical Interview: The clinical interview with the parent/guardian allows the clinician to gain important background information, family data, developmental history.
3. Continuous Performance Measures: The continuous performance measure assesses attention-related problems in children ages 5 and older. During this part of the evaluation the respondent will be asked to identify computerized targets at designated intervals. By indexing the respondent’s performance in areas of inattentiveness, impulsivity, sustained attention, and vigilance, the continuous performance measure becomes an integral tool in the diagnosis or rule out of ADHD.
Scores and test data provide the clinician with valuable insight into both the existence of ADHD-related deficits and the magnitude of those deficits compared to expectable results from typically developing children of the same age and gender.
ADHD/ADD Warning Signs
- Does not pay close attention to details and/or makes careless mistakes
- Difficulty sustaining attention or is easily distracted
- Does not appear to listen
- Struggles to follow through on instructions
- Difficulty with organization
- Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
- Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
- Difficulty engaging in activities quietly
- Acts as if driven by a motor
- Talks excessively
- Difficulty waiting or taking turns
- Interrupts and intrudes upon others
For more information about our ADHD/ADD testing, call us at 501-891-5492 or click the button below to fill out our online contact form.