What You Can Expect In An ADHD Assessment For Your Child

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If you have a child that will be assessed for ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you might find yourself wondering just what to expect. To help ease your mind and to help you become a little more prepared for the appointment, you will want to check out the following points.

You Will Be Asked A Lot Of Questions

While sitting in the doctor's office with your child, you will be asked a lot of questions regarding how your child acts at home, in public, and at school. During this conversation, the doctor may make note of how your child is behaving when he or she may not believe that anyone is watching. You will be asked how you try to handle certain situations, such as when you try to give a punishment and how the child reacts to that.

Your Doctor Will Discuss The Findings Of The Teachers

If your child is of school-age, his or her doctor will have probably previously sent questionnaires to the teachers. Usually, a few different teachers are asked to fill out the questionnaires in order to determine if there is a pattern in the child's behavior. The doctor will probably explain what the teachers have said and will ask if you have experienced similar problems at home. 

Your Child Will Be Observed Without You In The Room

It is very common for doctors to want to also observe the behavior of the child when you are not in the room. The doctor may ask a lot of questions or just engage in light conversation while playing with some building blocks or coloring with the child, depending on the age of the child. For example, older children will have an easier time holding a conversation and understanding what is being asked regarding them.

Possible Treatment Options May Be Discussed

If the doctor has determined that there is enough evidence to justify a diagnosis of ADHD, then treatment options will be discussed with you. The treatment may include individual and family therapy as well as medication. You may also be advised that the medication dosage may start out low, but it can be adjusted as required. Also, therapy sessions will give you the tools you need in order to gain more control over the environment at home so that it is easier to help your child who has ADHD.

With those points in mind, you should be much more prepared for the upcoming ADHD assessment of your child.



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