ADD/ADHD Assessment Services
We provide comprehensive assessment services for adults and adolescents (ages 10+) experiencing attention problems.
Using the latest Integrated Visual and Auditory (I.V.A.) continuous performance test in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures, we can comprehensively assess individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The basic components of a stand-alone ADD/ADHD assessment include a clinical interview, developmental history, administration of standardized measures, and a report with rendering of diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Standardized measures refer to tests that allow the results to be statistically compared to age-based norms, a very important factor in identifying the presence of ADD/ADHD. The process and components of the assessment depend on the age of the client (see below) and complexity of the case.
ADHD Assessment in Adolescents
In the case of adolescents, the clinical interview will involve the parent as well. Standardized measures tap self-reports (if the client is an older child) and collateral information provided by parents and teachers. Depending on the complexity of the presenting problem, there may be a need to distinguish between ADHD and some other diagnosis. Among children and teens, ADHD symptoms frequently overlap other conditions (such as depression, anxiety, or a learning disorder), and careful differential diagnosis is needed to determine the correct diagnosis.
We understand that the process is about much more than simply determining a diagnosis. There is typically significant anxiety regarding the potential diagnosis, and subsequently the process can be a difficult time for many families. We strive to make the process as comfortable as possible, as well as help recognize the child's strengths, determine interventions, and when appropriate, work with the school to provide the best educational setting possible for your child's success in life.
An evaluation provides a better understanding of a person's strengths and weaknesses in cognitive, academic, social and emotional functioning. Recommendations will be provided to help increase the child's functioning, as well as to suggest accommodations and interventions.
ADHD Assessment in Adults
In the case of adults, the assessment process involves a combination of a clinical interview, a standardized self-report, and collateral information from other individuals such as spouses and parents. An accurate developmental history is an essential part of the assessment because a positive ADHD diagnosis requires childhood onset. Depending on the age of the adult client, this may be quite challenging to identify. Parents of an older client, for example, may not have accurate recollections of childhood symptoms, they may be deceased, or there may be other problems in taking an accurate developmental history. Also, as with adolescents, differential diagnosis can be quite challenging since ADHD symptoms overlap those of other disorders. Nevertheless, with multiple sources of objective and subjective data and careful differential diagnosis, a reliable clinical picture can be obtained.
Adult evaluations are common. Many adults want answers to lifelong struggles, need appropriate standardized testing in order determine a diagnosis for medication management, or are needing a diagnosis for services in college. LG Counseling can help in all these areas.
ADD/ADHD Treatment Services
Though there is no cure for ADHD, the symptoms of the disorder can be effectively managed with the proper combination of treatments. Just as there is no single test to diagnose ADHD in adults, no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals with attention problems. Nonetheless, virtually all adults with ADHD benefit from developing foundational organizational and time management skills. Our treatments often initially focus on helping individuals develop these skills. Thereafter, we tailor the treatment plan to each individual's unique needs. For many, it can be healing simply to receive the diagnosis and understand that many of their past difficulties can be understood as fallout from this neurobehavioral condition.
As an alternative to medication-based treatment, LG Counseling recommends the use of Neurofeedback training to recondition the brain to produce healthier cognitive patterns. Neurofeedback training is a proven alternative to medication in certain instances.