Steps to Evaluating and Diagnosing ADHD
1. Click on and download the two questionnaires labeled Parent and Teacher Assessment. Please fill these out and bring them with you to the diagnostic evaluation with a psychologist.
2. Set up a diagnostic evaluation with your school district. Your child’s teacher can assist you with setting up an evaluation through your district. Please be sure to have your child's evaluation forwarded to our office from the school (our fax-716-662-2057)
If you choose not to have the school involved, a private evaluation can be done in our office with Maggie Dreyer, LCSW-R. Call 716-662-2300 and ask to schedule an ADHD evaluation with Maggie. Please bring the COMPLETED ADHD Parent Assessment and ADHD Teacher Assessment forms (downloadable from above).
3. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and you would like to pursue medical therapy (i.e. medication), please call our office 716-662-2300 to schedule an initial consult visit with a provider at Orchard Park Pediatrics. We must recieve a copy of the evaluation prior to scheduling your appointment with us. Please verify that we have recieved the report when you call. Please bring your copy of the diagnostic evaluation and your child’s most recent report card to the visit. At that visit we will review the evaluation and discuss appropriate medication treatment.
4. If you do not have an interest in pursuing medical therapy, but would like to consider counseling or behavioral therapy please contact our in office social worker Maggie Dreyer, LMSW-R at 716-662-2300 or WNY Psychotherapy at 716-837-6705.
5. Please remember if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us at 716-662-2300.
***It is important that all children be properly diagnosed by a licensed psychologist (either through your school district or privately)
***Once diagnosed and medical therapy has been initiated, your child should be seen every 6 months at our office to ensure that he/she is meeting their goals of therapy. Please bring the most up to date report card to each visit.
Tips and Useful Resources for Parents/Guardians of Children/Teenagers with ADHD
1.Use more immediate consequences 2.Use a greater frequency of consequences 3.Employ more salient consequences 4.Start incentives before punishments 5.Strive for consistency 6.Plan for problem situation and transitions 7.Keep a disability perspective 8.Practice forgiveness
***If you feel that your child is not reaching their goals of therapy after medical therapy or counseling therapy has been initiated, please contact us at 662-2300. Thank you for allowing us to participate in the care of your child.
+ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood mental conditions. Most symptoms generally occur before 7 years of age. Symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulse behavior. The conditions can continue into adulthood – however adults exhibit a better ability to control impulsive responses.
If you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting signs and symptoms of ADHD, please feel free to review the following information and contact our office. To further evaluate these issues please adhere to the following protocol.