Who should get ADHD testing?
If you have noticed that your child is often inattentive and/or hyperactive, these difficulties may start to interfere with your child’s functioning within the home or school environments. Your child may lose assignments, fail to finish things, make careless mistakes, and/or have difficulties focusing throughout the day. Your child may also get into trouble in school for being very active or impulsive such as blurting out answers, getting out of his/her seat, or talking excessively. If you notice some of these concerns, formal testing for ADHD may be warranted.
Why should your child get a tested for ADHD?
Comprehensive standardized testing is useful for determining the educational needs for your child. Children with a diagnosis of ADHD may need extra accommodations in school such as shortened assignments or extra time completing tests. By completing a more formal ADHD testing, the psychologist can best determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as specific services or accommodations that may be helpful.
ADHD: Signs of Inattention
What to expect from ADHD testing?
ADHD testing is usually comprised of three testing sessions. Based on best practices for ADHD assessment, a child’s cognitive, academic, and executive functioning skills need to be assessed. As such, the first session will assess your child’s intellectual quotient (IQ). The second session will assess your child’s achievement in each academic area and the final session will allow for executive functioning skills to be assessed.
Along with direct observation and standardized testing, rating scales will also be given to parents and/or teachers to complete for a more thorough assessment.