Process & Methods of Assessment
ADHD Assessment Process
The ADHD evaluation process in neuropsychology will therefore target several spheres of functioning in the individual. Once the personal and medical information is gathered during the initial interview, the ADHD assessment begins and the neuropsychologist will then examine several cognitive functions:
A comprehensive cognitive assessment provides a broad cognitive picture, which allows the neuropsychologist to see whether the complaints and difficulties experienced by the person are actually related to ADHD, or whether they stem from other problems. For example, might there actually be problems with memory, or do disorganized methods of memorization and inattention explain forgetfulness? Is a driver experiencing real visuospatial or perceptual problems, or are his difficulties more closely related to inattention and loss of alertness? Should we be concerned about dyslexia and learning disability in a student who does not understand what he/she reads, or does inattention lead him/her to skip lines, fall victim to contextual traps and have to reread texts all over again? Could a student’s difficulties in solving problems be due to errors of inattention, disorganization of information and skipped steps, or to something else altogether?
These are some of many other questions that the neuropsychologist will try to address during the ADHD assessment. A list of common ADHD symptoms can be found here, while information regarding ADHD treatments can be found by clicking here.