ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis
We provide assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in children and young people aged 6 – 19 years old. Our assessments are completed by a team of clinical psychologists and follow good practice and clinical guidelines. Assessment involves gathering information from parents, carers, and school, alongside direct observation and assessment of your child.
Our comprehensive assessments aim to provide increased understanding of your child’s needs, and recommendations for support both in and out of school and college. We are passionate about our approach which places supporting your child at the centre of the assessment process.
Our assessment begins with an initial screening appointment either with Dr Kate Baldry or Dr Laura O’Halloran. This appointment is usually with parents or carers only, but with older children it may be appropriate and helpful for them to attend also. This can be discussed with you when making an initial enquiry. The initial screening lasts approximately 75 minutes.
Our initial screening appointment starts to gather information to better understand what has led you or others to query ADHD and your child’s strengths and needs. During the appointment, we will ask about your child’s earlier development, your key concerns, and start to explore areas typically associated with ADHD.
This appointment is also an opportunity to think about whether and how fuller assessment could be helpful and answer any questions you have about the diagnostic assessment process. The initial screening helps ensure that the most appropriate assessment and support is offered for your child and to help you decide how you as a family would like to proceed. There is no commitment to move forward with any assessment or intervention if it does not feel the best fit for your child and family.
If you choose to move forward with a full diagnostic assessment, this is usually completed over 3 assessment appointments which take place at our clinic in Northampton, alongside observation of your child in school.
We may also ask you to complete some questionnaires and will review any relevant educational or health records available.
Once all assessment appointments are complete, we meet as a team to discuss all the information gathered to decide whether a diagnosis is appropriate. Regardless of whether a diagnosis is made, we will think as a team about how your child can best be supported in school and at home. We may recommend strategies to support your child, or support and intervention for your child or you as a family.
We will then share our findings and recommendations and explain how we have reached our conclusion with you in a feedback appointment. Feedback appointments are included in the cost of the diagnostic assessment.
A full written report is also included in the cost of the assessment. We aim to provide this report within 4 weeks following your feedback appointment.