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 person has this disorder takes many steps.
There are many reasons why someone 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 evaluations take from 3-4 hours and do not center around just surveys and questionnaires. Instead, our evaluation includes:
- an assessment of how the individual 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 individual 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. In addition, we may send surveys to parents, teachers, or other observers like a spouse or a roommate to learn how others view the client’s behaviors and skills.
- a discussion with the individual to learn how they feel about their own struggles and what is happening each day both in and outside of school/work.
As part of the comprehensive evaluation, we administer the Qb Test which is an objective measure of attention, impulsivity, and activity level. Click here for information about the Qb Test.
Once we complete the evaluation, we can then determine if the individual 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. (Adults must have five of the nine characteristics)
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.
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.
Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
Interrupts or intrudes upon others.
Individual meets both inattention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.
Diagnostic Learning Services has been assessing children and adults since 2004. We have locations in Plano, Fort Worth, Houston, The Woodlands, and Austin. Call today to see how we can help!