When Pickles was first diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I was like a police dog determinately sniffing for my next clue. Now that we have lived with this condition for a while I understand the evaluation process so much better and would like to share some tips with you.
Rule out other Conditions
Many other things can look like ADHD so be sure to consider sleep disturbances, anxiety or undetected seizures to name a few.
Consider Recent Life Changes
A new sibling, a recent move or divorcing parents can also cause behaviors that look like ADHD
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
An Occupational Therapist can evaluate your child’s sensory, cognitive, physical and motor skills. This can provide important information and a suggested treatment plan.
Many children with ADHD also have a learning disability.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations
This is a very in depth testing process. Autism and ADHD share many characteristics. It wasn’t until Pickles went through this process that I was reassured that we had the right diagnosis.
There is little evidence to show that brain imaging scans can be used to diagnose ADHD. The brain scan, NEBA, is only one the FDA has approved to help diagnose ADHD. It is used more often to rule out ADHD alongside other traditional evaluation methods.
I have said before I wish there was an easy blood test that could confirm ADHD. It is a long and convoluted process. It will take time to find the right doctors, psychologists, and therapists to perform these evaluations. Don’t give up!! The right diagnosis is EVERYTHING for finding the right treatment for your child.
Have you had your child evaluated for ADHD? If so, please share your story in the comments below.