Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) describes a particular neurodevelopmental disorder in children (that may extend into adulthood) that includes deficits in:
The three most common areas of difficulty in psychological and social functioning include:
My ADHD evaluation procedures follow the Barkley model (2015), which incorporates various assessment measures that rely on several informants (especially parents and teachers) who evaluate the child’s strengths and difficulties across multiple situations at home, school, or with peers. Additional screening for the presence of other childhood clinical symptoms assures a more correct diagnosis.
The main purpose of such a careful evaluation is to begin to decide the types of interventions needed to address the deficits and impairments caused by ADHD. They may include individual counseling, parenting training, family therapy, classroom behavioral modification in consultation with school counselor, and medication consultation.