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ADHD & Educational Assessments

ADHD and Educational Assessments involve gathering relevant information about an individual's areas of strengths and weaknesses to determine whether he or she may have ADHD or a learning disability. A formal diagnosis is often required in order to prescribe appropriate medications or help an individual qualify for work or school accommodations.

ADHD & Educational Assessments include:

  1. Screening (clinical interview, review of medical, school, and/or work histories)

  2. Evaluation (formal testing of cognitive abilities and emotional concerns)

  3. Diagnosis (specifying the results of the assessment, including the type of ADHD/LD identified)

  4. Recommendations (for work, school and/or daily living)

Who should be assessed for ADHD or Learning Disability?

There are many reasons adults choose to undergo an ADHD or learning disability assessment. Some common reasons include:

  • Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently

  • History of academic or career underachievement

  • Poor ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities, such as completing household chores, paying bills, and organizing things

  • Relationship problems due to not completing tasks

  • Struggling to process, learn, and remember information

  • Forgetting important things or getting upset easily over minor things

  • Chronic stress or worry due to failure to accomplish goals and meet responsibilities 

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