ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Assessments

ADHD is a neurological condition typically diagnosed in childhood and lasts into adulthood. ADHD affects the way individuals pay attention/focus, control their impulsive behaviours, or affect their level of activity.

An ADHD assessment allows an individual, in conjunction with the Psychologist, to assess for the symptoms related to ADHD and explore the history of the challenges those symptoms have presented. This allows the Psychologist to accurately determine the presence of ADHD to support a diagnosis. While an assessment from the Psychologist can help inform a diagnosis, a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician is needed to formalise the diagnosis.

What is Involved?

An ADHD assessment has a number of components involved to ensure accuracy of a diagnosis. For children, the following is done as part of the assessment:

  • Review of any medical, therapy or school reports.
  • Feedback from your child’s teacher, where possible.
  • Parent interview to gather the history relevant to the diagnosis, as well as completion of a formal questionnaire.
  • Completion of an IQ assessment, where one hasn’t been done recently.
  • Completion of a test of Executive Functioning
  • A feedback session to explain the results

For adults, the assessment process is very similar, involving:

  • Review of any medical, therapy or past school reports where available.
  • Feedback from or an interview with a close person in your life. Ideally this may be a parent or someone who has watched you grow up, but may also be a partner or close friend where someone from your family is unavailable.
  • Client interview to gather the history relevant to the diagnosis, as well as completion of a formal questionnaire.
  • Completion of an IQ assessment.
  • Completion of a test of Executive Functioning
  • A feedback session to explain the results
How Much does the Assessment Cost?

An ADHD assessment takes a Psychologist approximately 10hrs to complete, which includes the time needed to conduct any interviews, complete the IQ and Executive Function assessments, review past reports/information, score the assessments and write the report. Currently, this means an ADHD assessment with Anastasi Psychology will cost $2200.