ADHD Testing in Saint Paul

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder (meaning a condition that impacts brain development and cognitive functioning) that impairs social, academic or occupational functioning in children, adolescents and adults. It is estimated to occur in about 5% of the population, although some surveys suggest a prevalence rate of up to 11% of the population. While ADHD  and is more common in males, females have higher rates of the inattentive presentation of ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD begin in childhood and often continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type and combined type.

  • Predominantly inattentive ADHD, characterized by:

    • Difficulty staying focused on a task

    • Disorganization

    • Not giving close attention to detail

    • Difficulty completing tasks

    • Mind wandering when listening to someone

    • Often losing things

    • Poor time management

    • Forgetfulness in routine activities such as household chores or paying bills 

  • Predominately hyperactive/impulsive ADHD is characterized by:

    • Overactivity Restlessness

    • Acting without forethought

    • Difficulty remaining seated for extended periods of time

    • Fidgeting

    • Tapping

    • Interrupting others

    • Talking quickly and excessively

    • Being described as continuously “on the go.”

  • The combined presentation of the ADHD is most common and includes characteristics of the impulsive and hyperactive/impulsive types.


Should I Consider ADHD Testing?

If your child is experiencing the symptoms of inattention, disorganization, hyperactivity or impulsivity described above and they are having a negative impact on relationships, school, or work, then psychological testing could be the first step in addressing and improving areas of concern. Although medication is the most common and often the most effective treatment for ADHD, other treatment options, such as cognitive or behavior interventions, are also effective at mitigating the symptoms of ADHD and can be more appropriate than medication for some people. Every person is unique and symptoms of ADHD present themselves and impact people in different ways. ADHD may co-occur with other psychological disorders, and sometimes other psychological concerns or life events mimic the symptoms of ADHD.  Each psychological evaluation at Venture Therapy is tailored to the individual, and can help provide clarity regarding the underlying causes for concerning behaviors.

 

What Happens During ADHD Testing?

Every evaluation will vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and concerns, but typical testing for presenting symptoms of ADHD will include clinical interviews, rating scales, cognitive assessments, achievement testing, observations and a review of previous assessments, educational records and medical records. Venture Therapy also utilizes the continuous performance test (CPT) which is administered through a computer and obtains direct information about an individual’s ability in the areas of inattentiveness, impulsivity, and sustained attention.

 

What to Expect Following the Evaluation?

When the testing is complete, results of the evaluation will be compiled into a comprehensive written report documenting the results of the testing, diagnostic impressions and a summary of recommendations. We will take our time to go over every page of the report with you, summarize key areas, and answer any questions you may have about the results or recommendations. Psychological evaluations that offer insight into cognitive functioning and provide accurate diagnostic clarifications are a valuable tool for schools to use to provide appropriate and effective supports for a child at school.  We have extensive knowledge of educational supports such as interventions, accommodations, modifications, 504 plans and special education, and can help parents navigate the complex school system of getting the appropriate supports to help your child be successful at school.