ADHD Assessments


ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder which includes persistent difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These symptoms can interfere with a child’s functioning and development. It is estimated that 1 in 20 children have ADHD. 

Qualifying for an ADHD Diagnosis

Some children may only have symptoms in one category (i.e., inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity) however some children may have symptoms that fall in both categories and may therefore present with a combined presentation. As per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), several criteria must be met for a child or adolescent to qualify for an ADHD diagnosis. In particular:

  • Symptoms need to be excessive for the developmental age of the individual
  • Symptoms must be present before the age of 12
  • Symptoms must persist for more than 6 months
  • Symptoms are present in more than one setting
  • Symptoms interfere with social, academic, and/or occupational functioning
ADHD Assessment Evaluation

An ADHD assessment requires a comprehensive evaluation using various methods and tools to determine whether a child fulfils DSM-V criteria for ADHD. An ADHD assessment typically consists of clinical observations, interviews to obtain a detailed developmental history review, psychometric testing, and observations from teachers and other treating practitioners who may interact with the child.