What to expect at assessment
A comprehensive ADHD assessment will include:
A clinical interview – this will involve being asked questions about your child’s developmental history and their current presentation. You may also be asked to complete ADHD screening questionnaires about your child.
Clinical Observation – As part of the assessment, a clinician will complete a play based assessment with your child to assess their presentation.
School liaison and information gathering – As part of the assessment, if you give consent, your child’s nursery or school will be contacted and asked questions about your child’s presentation within the school environment. This will also include them completing standardised questionnaires. This may also include a clinician visiting your child at school and observing them. This will not impact your child at school and will be carried out discretely.
Multi-disciplinary clinical discussion – Once all the information has been gathered relevant to your child’s ADHD assessment, the information will be evaluated with a consulting clinician who also specialises in this area to consider if a final ADHD diagnosis is appropriate.
Comprehensive report and feedback – A full detailed report will then be written summarising the information gathered and the diagnostic outcome of the assessment. This will also include recommendations and helpful sources. If appropriate a referral for medication will also be made.