Not every case is a complex one. Sometimes we’re asked to evaluate children or adults who struggle only with attention and concentration. Parents might have questions about their child’s ability to stay focused and not be so “active” all the time. Adults may wonder why they struggle to hold themselves back in social situations and constantly “put their foot in their mouth;” they also may question why they haven’t been promoted as far as they can be at work and why they have troubles with organization. In these cases, a straightforward screening evaluation is indicated to determine if an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an appropriate diagnosis.
Most people with attention concerns also have other struggles going on as well (issues with learning, emotions, memory or behavior). When this is the case, we want to make sure that all the possibilities are examined through a neuropsychological evaluation. If there’s just an attention question, however, we can provide a screening evaluation to determine whether or not ADHD is an accurate diagnosis. The format for a screening is the same as for a full evaluation (initial interview, test battery, behavior-rating scales and follow-up appointment) – it’s just shorter. For more information, take a look at our brochure for ADHD & Learning Disability assessment.
Let us know if an attention screening is something you’d like to explore – we’d be pleased to help you determine if it’s an appropriate next step.