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If you are a concerned parent with your child's behaviour or development you need to consult professional health care providers in order to obtain a reliable diagnosis in regards to any potential medical concern your child may or may not have.

In regards to an ADHD diagnosis, there are a number of essential ADHD assessments that the health care professional needs to perform in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

ADHD Assessment Regarding ADHD Symptoms

ADHD assessment tests will include written and oral testing that will conclude how many ADHD symptoms your child has, and to what degree they have those symptoms.

The three major ADHD symptoms are Hyperactivity, Impulsivity and Inattentiveness.

When conducting ADHD assessments regarding the major ADHD symptoms, a health care professional will not only interview your child, but will also interview you, your child's teachers and other adults who have close contact with your child.

A Behaviour Ratings Scale is often used to help identify your child's typical behaviours in a variety of settings, such as at home and at school.

The Health care professional will not only take into account your child's current behaviour, but will also examine your child's medical history, reviewing your child's mental, emotional, and physical health.

ADHD assessments look at the degree of which your child portrays certain behaviour characteristics. Behaviour characteristics which are considered ADHD are considered extreme.

They typically appear before your child reaches age 7 and have been present for years. Typical ADHD behaviour can not be explained away by personal situations, such as a new baby in the home, a recent move or a divorce.

ADHD Assessment For Other Medical Conditions

It is very important for ADHD assessments to include medical testing. Many ADHD type behaviours can actually be caused by other medical conditions.

ADHD assessments should include vision and hearing testing, blood testing, lead testing and thyroid testing. Ruling out any other medical condition can give a more accurate diagnosis.

ADHD Assessment for Other Medical Disorders

Some ADHD behaviours can actually mimic the symptoms of other disorders. If not examined closely your child may be misdiagnosed with ADHD when in fact they could be suffering from another disorder.

Sometimes your child with ADHD will have an additional co-existing disorder. ADHD assessments take this fact into consideration, and assess your child for disorders commonly known to co-exist with ADHD, such as autism, depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder.

ADHD Assessment that Consider Learning Disabilities

ADHD assessment testing also includes testing for learning disabilities. Some learning disabilities, such as dyslexia can produce behaviour symptoms which can mimic ADHD symptoms.

ADHD children often have additional learning disabilities. A proper diagnosis for your child will make parents aware of all of the challenges your child faces, so that the best possible treatment can be provided.

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