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What is an ADHD Assessment?
ADHD assessments for children (6 to 17 years) and adults (18+) at Centric Mental Health provides a clear ADHD diagnosis, as well as feedback and advice on next steps.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental difference falling under the category of ‘neurodiversity’, a term used to consider the natural differences in brain functioning in the human population. It affects approximately 7.2% of children and 3.4% of adults. The core traits of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which can lead to difficulties in various areas of life.
Depending on their age and life stage, people with ADHD can struggle in areas such as education, managing relationships with friends and family, the workplace, managing finances and general day-to-day organisation. These functional difficulties can have a significant impact on daily life, however with the correct supports and an understanding of how ADHD links to differences in functioning, there are ways to learn to manage.
Who should attend the Child ADHD & Adult ADHD Assessment?
All ADHD assessments require the attendance of a person who is very well acquainted with the child or adult undergoing assessment. This ‘informant’, such as a partner, parent, family member, or lifetime friend provides crucial additional insight and information.
|Adult Assessments||Child and Adolescent Assessments|
|In addition to attending yourself, an informant is also required to attend (virtually or in person) to provide collateral information. This collateral allows us to provide a more comprehensive assessment.
The informant can include:
|In addition to meeting with your child or adolescent, it will be important for the assessing clinician to meet with the primary caregivers in the child’s life. In addition to the parents this may also include other family members who have regular interaction with the child.
We ask that for the initial meeting the total number of participants attending is limited to 2 people.
How does the Child & Adult ADHD Assessments work?
Child and Adult ADHD assessments are completed by a psychologist in one of our Dublin clinic locations and will include the following:
Child and Teen ADHD Assessments -Age 6 to 17
|Pre-Assessment Screening||Online questionnaires for parents, teachers and child completed prior to the assessment.|
|Session 1||A 60-minute meeting with parents (in person or virtual).|
|Session 2||A follow up 2-hour meeting with the child including a clinical interview and cognitive assessment. Please note that this appointment must take place in person.|
|Feedback Session||A 45-minute follow-up feedback session with parents to review the report and discuss findings (in person or virtual).|
Adult ADHD Assessments
|Pre-Assessment Screening||Online questionnaires for you, completed prior to the assessment|
|Session 1||A 2.5 hour assessment in person session with you and your chosen informant – e.g. a parent, partner, family member (your informant can attend remotely).|
|Feedback Session||A 30-minute follow-up feedback session (in person or virtual).|
What will I get from this assessment?
For Child ADHD Assessments, you will be provided with diagnosis and a one-to-one feedback session with the psychologist to review your child’s results and tailored recommendations. Should your child meet the criteria for ADHD, your child will be offered fast tracked access for psychological support in Centric Mental Health. All assessment reports are completed in line with the HSE and Department of Education Guidelines.
For individuals looking to access third level education, please note that all reports are completed in line with requirements for Evidence of Disability for Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Scheme. Dare is a third level alternative admission scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
For Adult ADHD Assessments, you will be provided a one-to-one feedback session with the psychologist who will review the ADHD Assessment report with you. This report will either rule in or out a diagnosis of ADHD. Within this report you will also be provided with tailored suggestions to improve well-being based around your own strengths and additional resources and/or services. Should you meet the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, you will be offered therapeutic supports through Centric Mental Health. Should you not receive a diagnosis of ADHD, your Psychologist will discuss further options with you.
What is not included in the assessment:
Please note that we cannot provide psychiatric medication. If medication is necessary, it will be discussed between you and the assessing psychologist and onward referral to a psychiatrist or paediatrician will be required.
How much does the ADHD Assessment cost?
|Child/Adolescent ADHD Assessment
This service is for children aged 6-17
|Adult ADHD Assessment
This service is for adults aged 18+
*Please note, a cancellation fee of 100% applies if you do not provide more than 5 working days’ notice. More information here
For more information or to request an appointment, please fill out our contact form or reach out to us at [email protected] or call 01 611 1719.