Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a term describing a specific developmental disorder which involves deficits in behavioral inhibition, sustained attention, resistance to distraction, and self-regulation. Children with ADHD often have difficulty with behaviors such as completing schoolwork, sitting still, impulsive behaviors, making careless errors, organization, hyperactivity, etc. Psychological testing can help with the following:

  • determine if ADHD is present
  • differentiate ADHD symptoms from other psychiatric disorders
  • to identify any coexisting concerns, such as anxiety, depression, learning disorders, oppositional defiant disorder
  • determine how ADHD is impacting a child’s functioning across settings
  • help plan treatment interventions to meet the needs of children and their families
  • determine what educational supports best meet a child’s needs (Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, etc.)
  • connect families with resources

Parents may want to consider an ADHD evaluation if they have observed persistent struggles in their child’s capacities for concentrating, focusing on tasks, completing work, controlling impulses, or self-regulation.