Everyone can struggle to pay attention, listen and follow instructions, sit still or wait their turn. But for people with ADHD, these struggles are harder and happen more often.
ADHD assessments for children, young people and adults
As an Occupational Therapy service we support many children and young adults who have ADHD. We are now very pleased to be able to offer an ADHD assessment service which is available to children 5 years and over, young people and adults.
Our assessments are compliant with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guidelines. We provide, or a rule out, a diagnosis based on the diagnostic criteria set out in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition).
For children from 5 – 17 years old we use the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in young people (Young DIVA-5)
For adults 18 and over, we use the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA-5).
We have received full accredited training from the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) in the use and application of these assessments.
Alongside the assessment tools we will undertake a brief mental health history and use tools to identify when your, or the person’s symptoms, started.
We pride ourselves on our friendly, person-centred and rigorous approach by using the best available diagnostic tools.
Prior to an assessment we will undertake a brief mental health history with you and/or the person being assessed. We will also ask you to complete some additional screening tools to identify when symptoms started. For a diagnosis of ADHD symptoms have to have been present before 12 years old.
Whether the outcome of our assessment confirms a diagnosis, or if an individual does not meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, we aim to support you and the individual better understand your or their needs and provide you with strategies that can be used to make daily life easier.
We cannot prescribe but if we confirm that you have a diagnosis of ADHD, you can take your report to the GP or mental health team for a medication review.
Each assessment tool is scored on the day it is completed. Once scored, we will call you within 2 days to either confirm a diagnosis of ADHD, or to discuss whether you or the individual assessed hasn’t met diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
You will receive a comprehensive diagnostic report within 14 days of the outcome. We can also arrange an appointment or phone call to discuss the outcome and recommendations.
The final report can also be shared with relevant medical professionals such as the GP, CAMHS and mental health services.
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