ADHD TESTING

ADHD TESTING

 

ADHD & ADD TESTING in Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens & Online

Could You Or Your Child Benefit From An Evaluation For ADHD?

Do you or your child struggle with symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, or distractibility? 

Does an inability to concentrate impact your or your child’s academic/work performance?

And have you been told by a medical provider or teacher that you or your child might benefit from ADHD testing?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that impairs your ability to focus on everyday tasks like homework, job responsibilities, and domestic chores. While hyperactivity is often associated with ADHD, it’s not present in every case. 

Alongside some of the symptoms mentioned, other signs of ADHD include:

Inattention/Distractibility

  • Forgetfulness, confusion, or appearing to not listen
  • Jumping from one activity to another
  • Becoming easily bored
  • Organizational challenges
  • Difficulty learning new things and following directions
  • An inability to grasp new concepts or match peers’ progress, despite demonstrating intelligence

Impulsivity 

  • Impatience
  • Interrupting conversations at inappropriate times
  • Strong emotional responses to ordinary situations or stressors
  • An inability to understand the consequences of poor behavior

Hyperactivity

  • Constant chatter
  • Fidgeting 
  • Trouble sitting still

If you or your child have exhibited any of these behaviors for six months or more and to the point that daily life has become increasingly difficult, it’s possible that ADHD is present. Not to mention, these symptoms have probably led to tension and conflict in your relationships, causing even more distress.

Fortunately, effective ADHD assessments and treatments exist. Through ADHD testing at Caring Therapists, you can receive the answers you need to confirm a diagnosis, receive meaningful accommodations, and develop behavioral strategies to help you or your child manage symptoms. Working together, we can chart a path forward that will help you overcome the obstacles created by ADHD. 

ADHD: Facts And Statistics

Not many people know that there are actually three types of ADHD: Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation, and Combined Presentation—which is a combination of the first two and the most common diagnosis. 

ADHD is widespread among the general population. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 10 percent of adolescents and teens were diagnosed with ADHD between 2016 and 2019. 

The increase in cases is likely due to advancements in ADHD testing, as opposed to there being a spike in ADHD itself. This rings especially true for adults who are now being diagnosed, as there weren’t as many accurate assessments available to them as children. In fact, according to WebMD, ADHD affects up to 8 million—5 percent—of American adults. Yet, many of these adults don’t even know it. Some studies suggest that “less than 20 percent of adults with ADHD are aware they have it.”

An Official Diagnosis Of ADHD Can Help You Get The Support You Need

In the world of ADHD testing, knowledge is power. Instead of being viewed as a stigma or a deficit, it’s important for people who exhibit symptoms of ADHD to get evaluated. Many opportunities can open up with a proper diagnosis, including Individual Education Programs (IEPs), beneficial accommodations for work and school, and effective ADHD medications like Adderall. 

Most schools are not equipped to assess and empower students who may be struggling with ADHD, so it’s essential to work with specialists who can provide an accurate evaluation and plan for treatment. By getting a full sense of your or your child’s needs through ADHD testing, you can feel confident to move forward in skills-building and other interventions that will help make symptoms more manageable. 

ADHD Testing Through Caring Therapists

Our skilled therapists are qualified to perform complete evaluations to confirm or rule out an ADHD diagnosis. Using the most accurate and up-to-date ADHD testing available alongside self-report measures, we work with anyone 5 and older to determine the best course of intervention for you

What To Expect

The ADHD testing process is a highly structured interview and evaluation that can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. Parents are welcome to certain parts of the testing process when testing children for ADHD. Furthermore, evaluations can be performed online. 

We use only the most sophisticated tests to determine an ADHD diagnosis, including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), Conners, and Woodcock Johnson (WJ) assessments. Once a report is generated from these evaluations—within 2 to 4 weeks of testing—we will review test results with you, offering accommodations and recommendations based on your or your child’s unique needs.

From there, we will provide you with paperwork for school/work accommodations, IEPs, and any necessary referrals (i.e., for psychiatrists, therapists, or learning specialists) to put your treatment plan into action. While many of our clinicians are available to offer emotional support and therapeutic services, we typically refer out if behavioral, academic, or medical (pharmaceutical) interventions are suggested. 

We’re learning more and more about ADHD every day, understanding that this diagnosis is not a matter of moral failing or being a “bad seed.” Our unbiased, nonjudgmental clinicians recognize that an ADHD diagnosis doesn’t close doors—it opens them. By getting the information you need about your or your child’s diagnosis and effective treatment interventions, you can significantly reduce ADHD-related setbacks and stressors in your life. 

Still Have Questions About ADHD Evaluations?

What if testing confirms that I don’t/my child doesn’t have ADHD?

Our psychological evaluations are extremely thorough, and we screen for multiple diagnoses when testing for ADHD. If you or your child do not ultimately end up with an ADHD diagnosis, we will make recommendations for additional testing based on your unique concerns. 

We are committed to helping you find answers and will work with you through every step of the testing process to get the information you need. 

Will I be able to get help once a diagnosis is made?

Yes. We will provide a thorough report at the end of the ADHD assessment process, complete with treatment recommendations and necessary accommodations to help you thrive. While your specific treatment recommendations may not be available through Caring Therapists, we will make sure you have whatever referrals you need to receive ongoing support. 

I am concerned about the cost of ADHD testing. 

Our practice works with both private-pay and insurance-based clients. To find out more about our rates and the insurance providers we work with, please visit our Fees and Insurance page.

In addition, we are pleased to partner with the Step Up scholarship program to offer affordable, accessible testing to those who qualify. Contact us to find out more. 

Get The Answers You’ve Been Looking For

At Caring Therapists, we provide thorough psychological evaluations for a wide range of issues, including ADHD. ADHD testing can be done online, though we have multiple office locations throughout Broward County, including in Davie, Wellington, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach Gardens. To get started, please fill out an appointment request form

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For adults, we specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, couples counseling, college students, psychological testing, women’s issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

For children and teens, we specialize in play therapy, anxiety, depression, mood management, ADHD, ADHD evaluations, trauma therapy, gifted evaluations, teen counseling and social skills therapy.

We service all of Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Cooper City, Davie, Plantation, Southwest Ranches and Weston.

We service all of Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach & Palm Beach Gardens, including WellingtonRoyal Palm BeachPalm Beach GardensWest Palm BeachLoxahatcheeBoynton BeachWestlake, and Lake Worth.