What are the benefits of getting a thorough ADHD evaluation for myself or my child?

  • Obtain an accurate diagnosis

    • ADHD symptoms can mimic or co-exist with other disorders. A thorough and systematic ADHD evaluation is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis

  • Receive specifically tailored recommendations

    • Our ADHD evaluations include highly personalized, actionable recommendations that can be implemented at home and at school or work to improve quality of life and decrease symptoms

  • Gain a nuanced understanding of strengths and areas of concern

    • Develop a deep understanding of the exact impact of the ADHD symptoms and the particular strengths that can be leveraged to overcome areas of difficulty ​​

  • Provide clarity and relief

    • The evaluator can explain ADHD and identify supports and interventions that can help. This is often a relief for people who are feeling hopeless and frustrated with areas they continually struggle in

  • Utilize findings to develop the best treatment plan

    • Evaluation results provide invaluable, detailed information for the development of the most powerful and effective treatment plans.  Of note, our ADHD evaluation specialists are unique because they are all dually trained as ADHD treatment providers in addition to assessment specialists, so they can provide the most cutting edge, specific, effective recommendations 

    • For children and teens, the evaluator will provide specific recommendations for the school setting, including consulting regarding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and helping to advocate for your child to get accommodations based on the evaluation results

What does an ADHD evaluation at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy entail?

  • The ADHD assessment specialists at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy utilize a systemic and in-depth approach to accurately diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (including predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, predominantly inattentive presentation, and combined presentation)

  • We utilize a multi-faceted approach to gather data from multiple sources and multiple settings to ensure that the diagnosis (ADHD or otherwise) is reliable

  • Each assessment is tailored to the client, but a typical assessment would include: 

    1. Gold-standard assessments (Conners, D-KEFS, BRIEF, WISC-V, WAIS -V, academic testing, etc.)

    2. In-depth clinical interviews

    3. Additional assessments to rule out and identify co-occurring diagnoses (for example, to determine if a person's anxiety symptoms (i.e. difficulty concentrating) look like ADHD but are actually anxiety or that the client has co-morbid ADHD and Anxiety)

    4. For children and teens, repeated live observations of the child in the school settings (evaluator will go to the child's school and conduct observations on multiple occasions to assess the symptoms in the child's natural environment)

    5. For children and teens, clinical interviews with parents/caregivers/school counselors/the child/one or more teachers, as well as reviews of report cards/ standardized assessments and live observations of the child in clinic and/or home settings

All of this data is integrated to develop a reliable, accurate diagnosis, along with detailed recommendations for treatment and next steps. A thorough report will be provided and an in-depth feedback session will be conducted.