If your child has trouble paying attention at home and at school or is frequently hyperactive, you might be worried that they are suffering from ADHD. While this condition can significantly affect your child’s life, it’s treatable, so getting accurate ADHD testing and addressing the issue is key. Here at Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh, IN, we use several methods to assess your child and confirm the diagnosis.
The easiest way to get started is to do a self-scoring assessment during which you evaluate your child’s behavior to find out whether the symptoms match those of ADHD. If your child suffers from multiple symptoms of this condition, you should then visit your doctor’s office and get the diagnosis confirmed. Once this has been done, your child can be treated according to their individual needs, so they can regain a high quality of life.
How ADHD Testing is Done
When you visit our clinic’s website, you can see full the self-scoring assessment for ADHD, so you can immediately find out whether your child might be suffering from the condition or not. If you find out that the symptoms are a match, you can then get in touch with us and book an appointment with a member of our team, who will let you know whether your assessment was correct.
In addition to observing the child’s behavior, we will also use the Quotient computerized diagnostic system in order to make a more accurate diagnosis. With the help of this tool, we can reliably compare children to others of their age group and therefore determine whether they are in the normal range or whether they might need some treatment. Our solutions here at Cady Wellness Institute are always as holistic as possible.
The ADHD Self Scoring Assessment
If you’re not sure about your child’s condition, you can start by doing an easy assessment. We believe that you as a parent know your child best, so you’ll be able to give us the most reliable and complete information about their behavior and current developmental status. The self-scoring assessment is split up into two categories. While the first one tests your child for attention issues, the second one can determine whether they are also hyperactive.
After doing the test, you will most likely know whether your child has ADHD or not. Sometimes, it might be unclear, especially if they display some of the symptoms but not all of them. In such cases, your child might need some help to function optimally, but they won’t require as much medication as someone suffering from a more severe case of ADHD. Your doctor can confirm this and find the best treatment plan that fits your child’s needs.
First Domain: Attention
The first domain tests for ADHD of the inattentive type. You should check all of the symptoms and determine whether this is a problem for you and your child. To help you decide, you can think about your child’s friends and whether this is much more of an issue for your little one than for them. For example, a child with ADHD might make many more careless mistakes in their schoolwork than other children, even though they understand the material.
They might also fail to listen when you or other adults speak to them, have trouble finishing things or following instructions, avoid certain activities that require a lot of concentration, and be more easily distracted by outside stimuli than other children. To perform the test, count the number of symptoms that apply to your child and cause them issues in day-to-day life.
Second Domain: Being “Hyper” and Impulsive
The second part of the assessment will determine whether your child has ADHD of the impulsive or hyperactive kind. Remember that children can suffer from one or both types, so they might not necessarily have attention issues if they are hyperactive and vice versa.
As before, you should read through the behaviors and make a note of which ones are a big problem for your child. Some of the symptoms on the list are an inability to sit still or remain seated for long periods of time, trouble completing quiet leisure activities, too much talking and frequent interruptions when others are speaking, fidgeting, and problems waiting their turn.
Scoring Your Results
When you’ve completed the assessment, you can evaluate your results. Each section of the test lists 10 symptoms, and your child will need to display at least six of them in order to be counted as ADHD. If they have six symptoms in one of the domains, they suffer from attention deficit disorder in that area only, but if they have six or more from both domains, they have ADHD of a combined type.
Sometimes, the diagnosis might not be as clear-cut as you would like. If 4-5 of the behaviors are a close match, your child might have a mild form. You should still seek out treatment in this case, particularly if the symptoms are affecting your day to day life.
Going to Your Doctor’s Office
Once you’ve completed the self scoring assessment, you will need to book an initial appointment at our clinic so that our team members can get to know your child, perform ADHD testing, and evaluate what kind of treatment could be a good fit. We always treat our patients as individuals, so the first step will be to take a very detailed history of your child’s life so far.
We then also perform a mental status exam in order to find the current developmental state and where your child might differ from others in the same age group. Sometimes, our young patients have other medical conditions that may complicate treatment, and we will take those into consideration as well.
Quotient Computerized Diagnostic System
To make sure that our diagnosis is as accurate as possible, we use the Quotient computerized diagnostic system. This method works with percentiles, and it evaluates children in relation to others. The attention span and movement patterns of your child will be measured against that of others in the same age group, and we can get a result that’s accurate to the nearest percentile.
This type of ADHD testing can be very useful because sometimes, parents come in with children who may display ADHD symptoms but actually have a different condition that is causing the issue. With computerized testing, such cases can be found, and a faulty diagnosis can be prevented.
Finding the Right Dose
We know that ADHD is a problem for you and your family, but it can also be an asset because some sufferers of this condition are extremely successful in later life. For this reason, we never want to alter your child’s personality or subdue them too much. Instead, we will give them the support they need to function with the smallest dose of medication possible.
We also have a dietitian on staff, so you can get support related to your child’s nutrition and eating habits. Many parents have found that changing the family’s diet has made a huge difference in how well their child can function, and this holistic approach could support our other treatment methods. For example, eating plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates, and omega-3 fatty acids while cutting out refined sugar could help your child to focus.
How To Deal with ADHD as a Parent
It can be very difficult to deal with a child displaying strong ADHD symptoms, so you as a parent will need all the help you can get. Aside from treating the symptoms of the condition, we can also help by giving you some strategies that allow you to cope better. For example, we can talk about the daily routine you set up for your child and the exercise patterns that could help to get rid of some of the excessive energy.
Get Help for You and Your Child Now
Accurate ADHD testing doesn’t have to be hard, and it starts with your own evaluation of your child’s behavioral patterns. Once you’ve determined that the symptoms match those of ADHD, you can then go to your doctor’s office to have the diagnosis confirmed. Your physician will make sure that your child receives exactly the help they need and that they aren’t over- or under-medicated. That way, the personality remains intact while the symptoms lessen.
To get started, we will invite you to an initial ADHD testing and consultation, so that we can confirm the diagnosis. From there, we will create a treatment plan using your input and preferences for your child. Contact us at Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh, IN today to book a session. Our talented team and Kitt the therapy dog will make you feel welcome and enable your child to get the help they need.