Are you concerned that your child might have ADHD? We understand that your son or daughter’s health is very important to you. For that reason, we promise to work with you to accurately assess their current challenges through our child ADHD testing. The search for an ADHD evaluation you can trust can be overwhelming but don’t be discouraged. The Sachs Center provides top-of-the-line care in a way that works for your family. With our qualified doctors, you can confidently find the best ADHD testing for kids.
Child ADHD 2-Hour Evaluation
We use the latest diagnostic tools and our clinical experience to determine if your child has ADHD symptoms, or if other factors are impacting his or her behavior. This is accomplished in 2 hours on Zoom or Google Meet. You don’t need to pay more or get a $6,000 psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation for an initial diagnosis of ADHD.
Despite the fact that neuropsychological tests have typically been used successfully to investigate the functional neuroanatomy of ADHD in neuroimaging research paradigms, these tests have been of surprisingly limited utility in the clinical diagnosis of the disorder. — Applied Neuropsychol Child.
Following our initial 2-hour evaluation, and a diagnosis of ADHD, a full neuropsychological evaluation may be necessary to get an IEP or extra time or other accommodations in school or on the SAT, ACT, etc. But this may not be the recommended first step. If a more in-depth neuropsychological evaluation is needed afterward, the testing done for the 2-hour evaluation will be included in the full neuropsychological testing (so your time and finances are not wasted).
Step 1 (30 Minutes):
Our qualified doctors meet with both you and your child for testing on Zoom or Google Meet. For the first thirty minutes, we ask your child to step into another room so you can have privacy to discuss your child. After your child leaves the room, we engage you in a discussion about your child’s current problems, school, medical and family histories.
If your child is old enough, they will fill out their own self-report measures while we meet with you. These might include:
- Brown ADD Scales
- Delis Rating Scales of Executive Functioning
- Beck Depression Inventory — Youth
- Beck Anxiety Inventory — Youth
- Screen for Child Related Anxiety Disorders
Step 2 (30 Minutes):
For the second thirty minutes, we will meet with your child alone on Zoom or Google Meet. Our child psychologists are trained in working with children on telehealth. We find that there is very little difference between an in-office visit and via Zoom. The goal is to get your child talking about their interests and through that, their true character will emerge. So please share your child’s interests in the first 30 minutes with the doctor.
While your child is being interviewed, we will give you parent report assessments so that we can scientifically evaluate their symptoms. These evidence-based assessments are designed by the top researchers in the field of childhood ADHD. These might include:
- Brown ADD Scales
- Brown Executive Functioning Scales
- Delis Rating of Executive Functioning
- NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales
- Social Communication Questionnaire
Ideally, we can also receive information from the teachers in your child’s school for your ADD and ADHD evaluation. If you have past assessments, please bring them to this meeting.
We will combine these parent-report assessments with our years of clinical experience as child psychologists to formulate our thoughts. Doing so strengthens your child’s ADD and ADHD testing.
We tease apart the data, ruling out other disorders that mimic the signs of ADD/ADHD (i.e., Depression, Anxiety, Trauma).
Step 3 (30 Minutes):
During this time, we “crunch the numbers” and combine this with the clinical interviews to come to a conclusion about your child’s diagnosis.
We will discuss our findings with you privately and will share our clinical expertise on the information we gathered. We know that hearing that your child has ADHD or another condition might be confusing or scary which could all start from something as normal as attention deficit. That is why we take the time to answer your questions and explain our holistic approach to treatment.
You deserve to move forward with confidence, so we walk you through our proven methods and provide you with the information and psycho-education you need. We will discuss the various options should you decide to pursue treatment for your child at the Sachs Center. If you are interested, we will schedule a follow-up session to begin treatment.
Step 4 (30 Minutes):
The last step is answering any questions you have about the diagnosis. We also will work with you to begin to implement new strategies in the home. We want to make sure your questions are answered and you don’t feel rushed with the process.
Learning your child has ADHD can be upsetting for some parents. For others, it can be a relief to know what is happening to their child. The tendency is to want to rush to help them, but often taking the time to reflect and educate yourself about ADHD is the best course of action for the first few months.
Learn more about our treatment for Child ADD/ADHD.