ADHD Educational Testing

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Are you or your child struggling with memory problems, productivity issues, impulsivity or difficulty focusing?

Are you or your child finding it difficult to sit still or maintain focus and attention on assignments or projects that need to be completed?

Are symptoms worsening and interfering with daily functioning?

Do you or your child find yourselves struggling to read or having to re-read things multiple times?

Do you highlight virtually every sentence as well?

Were you or your child once able to compute simple math problems or equations but now find it more difficult to math accurately?

Have there been declines in problem solving or facility of language use?

Are people in yours or your child’s lives such spouses, teachers or employers expressing frustration about your behavior?

Are you anxious and socially withdrawn because of your behavior? Are your work evaluations and your child’s grades inconsistent?

Certain persistent behaviors can be very irritating to you and to others, and can threaten relationships, and rob you and your child of self confidence, self esteem and mastery over a multitude of tasks. These behaviors may also be symptoms of common conditions that are treatable and manageable if diagnosed properly. This is where testing can be instrumental in that it helps your counselor to tease out what may be normal development, or a normal response to stressors in your life, from what may be a treatable disorder. Most insurance companies will not pay for this educational testing, but schools, employers and medical doctors require it before any school or work place accommodations can be made or medications prescribed.

How do you determine if psychological testing is needed?

Testing is not usually needed to identify a problem or to develop a strategy to address it, but sometimes client history suggests testing for suspected diagnoses such as ADHD, learning disabilities and cognitive challenges would be useful to help your counselor to tease out the best approach to helping you function at your best. Testing can also help you to access certain workplace and school related accommodations that are afforded by law for certain diagnoses.

Is ADHD educational testing expensive, and why is it not covered by insurance?

ADHD Educational testing, like any other testing, can be costly but our goal is to set rates that are affordable and reasonable. A full battery of educational tests may take a several hours to administer and score prior to writing a detailed report, so your counselor will work with you to determine which, if any, tests are absolutely necessary to address your needs. Most educational testing, including IQ tests and tests for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities(L.D.) in math, spelling and reading, are going to range between $500 and $1,000, with most test batteries averaging about $700.

Insurance companies have decided ADHD educational testing is different from psychological testing and thus should be conducted for free by the school system or employers. Psychological testing focuses on evaluating the presence or absence of maladaptive thoughts and beliefs , aberrant behaviors and negative personality attributes, while educational testing is conducted to look for strengths, weakness and behavioral challenges that can be improved with intervention. So despite federal law providing accommodations in schools and workplaces for conditions such as ADHD, L.D. and other health impairments such as Autism Spectrum disorders, insurance companies have determined this type of testing is not a reimburseable expense. If you have a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account, check with the Human Resources department at your place of employment to verify whether or not these funds can be used to cover educational testing.

Why can’t a quick assessment properly identify ADHD?

A quick screening instrument, such as some of the behavioral rating scales used by physicians can indicate whether the symptoms endorsed are commonly seen in those suffering from ADHD. The problem is that there is comorbidity and symptom overlap of ADHD with other disorders affected by executive functioning delays, such as learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety and depression. These screening instruments will not tease out whether one of these other disorders is causing the symptoms seen, or if several of these disorders are at play, which disorder is primary. Therefore, a screening instrument will not tell you if medication is warranted and if so, which kind? A thorough assessment by a licensed psychologist aids in making a differential diagnosis.

Once I have testing done, how do I use it to obtain school or workplace accommodations?

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is federal law and schools and employers must make accommodations once a diagnosis has been made by a licensed psychologist or physician. Your counselor will provide a detailed report outlining what accommodations are necessary for you or your child’s success. This document should be presented to your child’s school counseling office, the school psychologist or superintendent of schools to acquire these accommodations. The report should be presented to your manager and Department of Human resources to obtain workplace accommodations.

For educational testing, please contact:

Valjean Whitlow 770-876-0886