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Assessments for ADHD

An accurate ADHD assessment is crucial in identifying ADHD and creating a plan to help individuals improve their functioning and reach their goals.

Understanding ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

Individuals, especially children living with ADHD, often face difficulties in maintaining focus and attention, controlling impulses, and delaying gratification. These symptoms can manifest in various ways, such as forgetfulness and disorganization at school, poor handwriting, interrupting others during class, and falling behind in classwork. At home, they may show a lack of cooperation and struggle with completing tasks that require multiple steps or instructions.

Children with ADHD often struggle with focusing on tasks they find uninteresting or difficult, and may give up easily on such tasks. While some children with ADHD may exhibit hyperactivity, restlessness, excessive talking, or fidgeting, not all individuals with ADHD will display these behaviors. They tend to become highly engaged and focused on activities that are stimulating or interesting to them, such as hobbies, movies, or video games.

ADHD can also impact adults and college students, making it difficult for them to initiate activities, finish projects on time, keep their work organized, and manage their time effectively. This can lead to emotional problems, poor academic or job performance, and relationship difficulties.


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How to Recognize the Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD can vary depending on the individual and the specific condition they are experiencing. Some common symptoms include:

It is important to remember that symptoms of ADHD can vary between individuals and may present differently in different age groups.

"Thorough and accurate assessment is critical to identifying ADHD in individuals and developing an effective treatment plan to help them achieve their goals."

Dr. Brent Symes. Senior Partner at Randall Symes Psychological Services

Comprehensive ADHD Assessments

At Randall Symes Psychological Services, we understand the importance of a thorough and accurate assessment for individuals with ADHD. That That is why we use a variety of methods to gather information about the individual’s symptoms, medical history, and other relevant information.

One important aspect of the assessment process is parent and child interviews, where our trained professionals can gather information about the individual’s symptoms, behaviour, and functioning in different settings.

Additionally, we use parent and teacher completed child behaviour rating scales, which provide an objective measure of the individual’s behaviour and can help identify patterns of behaviour that are persistent, pervasive, and interfere with daily functioning.

We also utilize teacher report measures, which allow us to gain insight into the school staffs perspective on the child’s behavior and functioning. A review of prior school and medical records is also an important step in the assessment process to gather information about the individual’s history, any previous evaluations, and treatment plans. An evaluation of intellectual function and academic achievement is utilized to help rule out any other variables that may affect the person’s independence.

The Assessment Outcome

The outcome of an assessment is a detailed report that includes test results, diagnostic impressions, and relevant recommendations. This report will be used to create a plan to improve functioning and help the individual reach their goals.

If the assessment indicates the presence of ADHD and/or a learning disability, then strategies and accommodations can be identified that can help reduce obstacles to success in school, post-secondary education or in the workplace. This can include identifying accommodations such as extra time on exams or advocating for reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

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Finding A Positive Way Forward

Why Choose Us

Our assessment team has extensive experience diagnosing ADHD and other mental health conditions.

We understand that every individual is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to meet the specific needs of the individual.

Our ADHD assessments are in-depth, using tests, questionnaires, and interviews to gain a full understanding of symptoms and causes.


The Benefits of ADHD Assessments

An ADHD/ADD assessment can provide a number of benefits, including:

As a parent of a child with ADHD/ADD, it can be difficult to watch them struggle in school or with mental health issues. With the proper assessment and treatment, children can experience significant improvements in their grades and social interactions.

Our goal is to empower families with the knowledge and tools gained from these assessments, so they can start working towards positive changes in their child’s life right away.

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Our comprehensive assessments are designed to provide helpful information, supportive answers, and individually-tailored recommendations.

You do not need a referral from a physician to make an appointment. Please contact us now to get started.