Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Current assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should include:
  1. A medical, family, and school history documenting the age of onset;
  2. Clear evidence of interference with developmentally appropriate social, academic, or occupational functioning;
  3. Interviews or rating scales completed by others who can comment on the person's behavior, such as parent, friend, or spouse;
  4. Specific ADHD test which may include:
    • Test of Variables of Attention - TOVA
    • Gordon Diagnostic System - GDS
    • IVA Continuous Performance Test;
    • All test scores and data.
  5. Diagnosis of ADHD according to criteria found in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
    • Neurologist/Psychiatrist:
      • reason for diagnosis
      • recommended drug therapy
    • Psychologist:
      • screen for LD testing: ability (WAIS-III) and achievement (Woodcock-Johnson, Revised)
      • tests of social and emotional adjustment (e.g., depression scales).
    • Include name(s), credentials, and license number of evaluator.
    • Clear and specific statement of how the disability substantially impairs adult functioning supported by information in the evaluation.