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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment

Professional ADHD assessment

Q: What is ADHD?

  • It is normal for children to be fidgety, absent-minded, and active and energetic at times. But if a child has ADHD, their attention and hyperactivity problems will be severe enough that it interferes with learning and social relationships.


Q: Why do we assess ADHD among children?

  • There are many behavioural and developmental disorders that can lead to symptoms of ADHD in young children, so it is important to have an appropriate assessment. Other causes of inattentiveness, impulsivity or hyperactivity in children are health or emotional problems, learning difficulties or lack of sleep.


Q:  How is the ADHD assessment and diagnosis done?

  • The criteria and characteristics of ADHD are described in detail in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) manual. We need to assess the behavioural pattern of the client and screen for other potential causes, including learning difficulties, oppositional problems, emotional problems, etc. Specific assessments include:

  • An Initial Intake Interview with a psychologist (120 mins-180mins): comprehensive background information is gathered through an interview with the client and, in the case of children, possibly with parents and school teachers and information.

  • ADHD rating scales and other screening tests (IQ tests, emotional tests, working memory and executive function tests, etc.) will be conducted. (Some of the scales for child clients need to be completed separately by the parent and child) (usually 1-2 sessions, each session takes 120 minutes - depending on the circumstances of the client)

  • Results & feedback: interpretation of findings, providing advice and an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with the psychologist. You will also receive a formal report containing this information. (50 mins)