ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. The symptoms must have childhood onset, negatively impact functioning, and be frequent, persistent, and evident in multiple contexts.
ADHD testing consists of a diagnostic interview, several rating scales, a continuous performance test, as well as other measures of attention and distractibility. Additional tests are administered to rule out other psychological conditions and psychosocial factors that could account for ADHD-like symptoms.
Comprehensive ADHD evaluation is generally required to receive academic and work accommodations. It is also essential in determining whether the condition can be managed through behavioral practices or if medication treatment is recommended. Testing can also serve as evidence for educational plans and school programming.