Here at Lifeologie Counseling Grand Rapids, we provide testing for kids ages 6-16yrs old. Seeking out testing can be intimidating as the process can feel long and ambiguous making it hard to know what to expect! Here is what that process looks like to ease some of that anxiety!
The first question to address is, “What is ADHD?” ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. To briefly sum it up, it is characteristic of two key issues: having a hard time with concentration due to distractions, and/or being hyperactive due to little impulse control. One or both of these can be present in a child and it can cause disruptions for them in school, at home, and other arenas of life. If you would like a more indepth look at ADHD, we recommend checking out our blog, “Does My Child Have ADHD?”
Now here’s a better look at the process of ADHD testing at Lifeologie:
The first appointment is a 90-minute intake session with parents/guardians. That is where we get an extensive background on the child. Things we talk about in that appointment include but are not limited to: medical and mental health history, developmental history, performance in school, behaviors at home, and social interactions.
At the end of this appointment, parents are provided with questionnaires for them to fill out, as well as questionnaires to provide to their teacher(s). It is important to find out if we are seeing the same behavior patterns in school as we do in the home.
After the initial intake, an appointment will be scheduled for the child. This appointment tends to take several hours, during which the child will be interviewed, they will complete some questionnaires, and the testing assessments will be administered. This is also a good time for us to collect all of the parent and teacher questionnaires as well.
The third and final appointment is a 60min feedback session with both parents and child. It is important that the child is a part of this appointment, even if it’s brief. They should know what is being discussed about them since it’s ultimately their assessment.
During this appointment, we go over the findings that have been gathered from all of the data, get any additional information needed from the parents, and answer any questions they may have. We also review whether ADHD is likely present or not, as well as any relevant mental health concerns, and provide recommendations for moving forward. The report is finalized and released shortly after the last session.
We hope this answers some of your questions around testing. If you are interested in pursuing ADHD testing for your child, you can send in a web submission on our website, or you can call us at 616-929-0248.