At CMPS, we DO NOT evaluate ADHD in isolation.
What we will do is provide an assessment of the individual in regards to all aspects of cognitive, behavioral, emotional and family functioning, along with academic achievement as needed. Please remember that ADHD affects not just children but adults as well.
Attention and distractibility are just part of the overall cognitive system that includes language, memory, reasoning, visual-spatial and visual-motor abilities, as well as sensory abilities. Emotional issues can sometimes resemble ADHD symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, family tension and bipolar disorder. In addition, other conditions and disorders need to be addressed and assessments made, including the possible presence of autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disorder of some kind. Academic problems that may present as ADHD include test anxiety, math dysfunction and dyslexia. Here at CMPS, we don’t give an “ADHD Test Battery”; rather, we will perform a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation that effectively addresses all areas.
As such, we must rule out all other areas that could impact a person’s attention and learning abilities to make sure we are treating the correct diagnosis. Other professionals may only assess attentional issues; however, we specialize in providing a more comprehensive assessment.
If you or your child meet the criteria for ADHD, we will provide a comprehensive treatment program to address various aspects of the disorder, including:
We believe the most effective approach to treatment is a multi-disciplinary approach, with all of the above treatments supported by scientific literature to have positive benefits in regards to processing abilities, attention and cognitive symptoms.
With ADHD, many times, there are additional symptoms and issues that are present, such as anxiety, learning disabilities, oppositional behavior, and poor self esteem and social skills. As such, these must be addressed separately from the ADHD diagnosis.
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