ADHD Evaluations and ADD Evaluations

We offer comprehensive ADHD and ADD evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with concerns about attention/concentration and associated emotional/behavioral disruptions. Evaluations are approached with a high level of expertise in ADHD, ADD, and anxiety/mood difficulties that allows accurate diagnosis and formulation of how symptoms are impacting overall functioning. Evaluations are completed with a goal of diagnosis as well as educating the client (and families) about what the diagnosis means and which interventions would be beneficial in improving performance, such as academic accommodations including additional time on tests or modified assignments.

What to Expect:

Step 1—Clinical Interview/ Information Gathering:

A diagnostic interview to gather information regarding the client’s developmental, health, school/work, and family history will be completed. This step involves a comprehensive review of the presenting concerns and review of any relevant records (previous evaluation reports, report cards, and/or work samples). Based upon interview findings, semi-structured interviews will be completed with clients (and families) with a specific focus on differentiating between the many psychological disorders that share similar symptoms with ADHD. For children and adolescents, our clinicians may also speak directly with school staff and/or observe the child in his/her classroom.

Step 2-Behavioral Rating Scales:

Clients (and parents) will complete various behavior rating scales used to assess symptoms associated with ADHD and other emotional/behavioral concerns. Since best practice in assessment involves gather information about a client's functioning across settings, we will also attempt to obtain a teacher report with applicable.

Step 3- Report Feedback/Recommendations:

We will review the results of the evaluation with the client (and parents). We explain the diagnosis(es) completely and provide recommendations for intervention that will include: practical recommendations for managing symptoms and discussing recommendations for academic accommodations. Clients (and parents) will be encouraged to ask questions and voice concerns to ensure a full understanding of the findings. We will also provide a detailed, comprehensive written report that summarizes all of this information.

Why would I benefit from this service?

    • Increased understanding of learning styles

    • Understanding of strengths and weaknesses

    • Information for educational and vocational decisions

    • Documentation of diagnosis written in format that will meet requirements for educational systems and medical purposes

    • Practical recommendations for management of symptoms

    • Suggestions for academic accommodations within the school system

    • Recommendations for treatment

    • Reliable differential diagnosis

Practices Providing This Service:

Lisa Ahern: Durham

Kelly Anthony: Durham

Robyn Claar: Durham

Eve Fontaine:Durham