Disorder Assessments at Northeast Ohio Behavioral Health
assessment regarding a suspected diagnosis of
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder requires careful consideration
of data that is gathered from caregivers, school personnel and the
direct assessment/observation of the child in structured activities.
The evaluation of the child’s functioning within multiple
domains are considered. Data is integrated into a report in a fashion
that supports recommendations for intervention at home, at school and
within the social environment. The report is designed to provide
parents, teachers and physicians with concise outcome data regarding
the results of an otherwise comprehensive assessment process.
Information About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Assessments:
Measures Used in the
- Require approximately three hours to complete
- Two to three appointments are usually required
- A Parent Feedback Session and a Written Report are offered
at the conclusion of the assessment process
In addition to data provided via caregiver interview and teacher
observation, two or more of the following measures are utilized in an
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment:
Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) includes a
Child Behavior Checklist completed by the parent, a Teacher Report
Form, and Youth Self-Report and measures problem areas in social,
emotional, and behavioral functioning.
Behavior Assessment for Children-Third Edition (BASC-3) is completed by
the parent, teacher, and client and provides information regarding
social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
Conners Third Edition (Conners-3) is obtained from the parent, teacher,
and client perspective. The Conners-3 assesses the probability of being
diagnosed with ADHD.
NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment assesses whether the
diagnostic criteria are met for Inattentive, Hyperactive, or Combined
types of ADHD. This assessment compares teacher and parent ratings.
Can Patients with Medicaid Coverage Receive an ADHD Assessment?
Yes! ADHD Assessments are fully reimbursed via Ohio Medicaid.
benefits can be used for the entire assessment process, including the
production of the written report.
Self-pay assessment fees range between 800.00 and 1200.00, depending on
the number of sessions needed to complete the evaluation process and
the need for the integration of collateral information such as
consultation with school-based personnel and review of school and
Assessment Services Designed for
Adults with Suspected ADD/ADHD:
Comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine
the appropriate course of action when a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is
considered for an adult. Northeast
Ohio behavioral health provides assessment services
for adults that demonstrate behavioral/emotional concerns that may be
associated with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.
Assessments include the following
- Clinical interviewing to determine symptom history,
duration and intensity
- Psychological testing regarding mental health
- Functional assessment re: coping skills and life
- Screening for the presence of clinical syndromes
with symptoms that may impair attention and concentration
Specialized Treatment Services:
- Recommendations to medical personnel concerning
diagnosis and treatment options
Adults with attention, concentration and
organization problems require special support and skill-building to
improve their level of functioning.
Specialized treatment approaches for
adults with ADD/ADHD include:
Our goal is to provide patients with practical
skills they can use in their daily lives.
- Anxiety reduction techniques
ADD Can Affect Relationships:
The behavioral functioning of an ADD/ADHD adult can
place a great deal of stress on spouses and significant
others. Education and support can help partners and family
members understand the needs of a person with ADD/ADHD, as well as
learn ways to assist them toward the best possible functioning.
Services for Children and
Adolescents with ADD/ADHD:
A thorough evaluation should be conducted in order
to rule out the presence of emotional disorders that may cause
inattention, limited concentration and overly active
behavior. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD may actually be caused by
undiagnosed emotional problems. Thus, intervention for a child
or an adolescent with suspected ADD/ADHD should begin with a
comprehensive assessment. Assessment components typically include
intellectual and achievement testing, the completion of behavioral
inventories by parents and teachers, screening for emotional disorders,
and direct observation of the child by the clinician. The
assessment process is concluded with a report that identifies problem
areas, diagnostic possibilities, and treatment
recommendations. Assessment reports often include ideas
regarding classroom interventions that may be useful for teachers, as
well as parenting interventions that can be employed to improve home
Parent consultation is frequently the most useful
avenue of intervention for a younger child with ADD/ADHD.
These children frequently require consistent intervention with an
informed caregiver that understands the nature of ADD/ADHD.
Thus, parenting education is included as a treatment component.
Children with ADD/ADHD can be helped to develop an
age-appropriate degree of self awareness regarding their behavior and
the effect it has on others, especially peers. Since some children with
ADD/ADHD have difficulties with anger management, peer interaction and
decision-making, individual intervention can be useful toward the goal
Adolescents with ADD/ADHD may additionally benefit
from assistance with study skills, test-taking strategies, general
coping strategies, and other skills that can help them to manage a
school environment that may provide them with limited accommodation for
their attention difficulties.
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