ADHD is a disorder of attention that manifests itself across settings: home, academic, and social. To determine if a student has this condition, we conduct a multi-pronged assessment:
First - We conduct a psychoeducational evaluation which determines if the student has good basic cognitive and academic skills. We look at language, non-verbal processing, working memory, processing speed, language arts, and mathematics.
Next - We collect information from home and school to determine base activity and attention levels and to see if there are any differences in the two arenas.
Finally - Students complete a computer based visual and auditory measure which assesses attention and response time.
A diagnosis of ADHD is based upon the results of all three of these areas.