ADHD Testing in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Do you have to remind your child often to stay on task, taking hours just to get a few worksheets done?
Does your child get distracted easily, losing all focus when other kids move around in class or getting distracted by every sound or tiny movement in the room while they’re doing homework?
Do you remind your child to stay organized and finish what they started daily… because they don’t turn homework in on time, lose track of their things, or start one thing just to get bored and immediately jump to another one?
Does your child seem completely capable in some areas, but has a hard time completing or coping with even simple tasks in others?
I work with lots of parents who are concerned for their kids because they’ve done well in school up to a point, but they started failing classes or falling behind when the demands ramped up.
They’re often concerned about how their struggles in school will affect their future, and their ability to go on to be successful doing something they love.
But they’re also concerned because these issues can take an emotional toll on their child along the way (and on you as the parent, if we’re being honest).
It can make your child feel anxious... because they’re not sure if the hours of study will pay off, or if they’ll be able to stay motivated long enough to keep their grades up for the whole quarter.
It can lower their self-esteem… because they see that they’re “different” than the others kids, and they have to work so much harder on things that seem to come easy for everyone else.
And it can make them feel hopeless, developing a “better to quit than to fail” mentality… because they put so much effort in and still don’t see the results, getting labeled “lazy” or “bright, but just not applying themselves.”
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way...
Many of these kids are able to find ways to cope with these problems and become successful both in school and later on.
They develop ways to organize their assignments and to-do lists.
They put systems in place to help keep them on task.
They feel relieved when they know that there's something that explains why they're struggling and something that can be done to help.
But it all starts with identifying the problem.
What are ADHD tests like? (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly)
After hearing your friends and co-workers talk about their kids with ADHD and researching it more on the internet, you’ve probably come for an assessment looking for answers…
Is this ADHD or something else?
If they were already diagnosed, what else am I missing that would help explain why they’re struggling so much?
What else can we do to help make life easier and put them in a position to be successful?
Many clinics will help you complete psychological testing with a few straightforward measures for you and your child’s teacher to complete, and that will help determine whether or not your child has ADHD.
These assessments are perfect if you’re looking for a quick assessment for documentation purposes or to get started on medication.
But often these assessments fall short…
The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of the assessments I do are re-evaluations.
Parents come in after already completing an assessment somewhere else, but there’s still a missing piece or they didn’t get any strategies that would actually help address their concerns.
By the time they get to my office, they’ve spent thousands of dollars on assessments and therapy that haven’t worked because they’ve missed the mark.
All the while, their child was continuing to struggle in school, having trouble listening at home, and feeling bad about their seeming inability to do as well as they’d like.
There are three big problems with these cookie-cutter assessments…
"The ADHD Mask" – There is a long list of problems that can look like ADHD and cause attention problems, but they’re not ADHD. Anxiety, sleep problems, depression, traumatic events, learning disabilities, immaturity…
These other factors need to be assessed and ruled out first because if you’re treating the wrong problem, you can waste months or even years trying solutions that don’t actually help.
ADHD and… - A lot of those conditions up above are actually more common in kids with ADHD too, and they can all make life a lot harder both at home and at school.
So if you have an assessment done just for ADHD without looking at these other pieces, it can give you half of a solution but leave you wondering why things still aren’t getting better.
One label doesn’t fit all – Many people who don’t specialize in this tend to treat ADHD in broad strokes. While research shows that somewhere between 5-7% of kids have ADHD, it can look very different from one kid with ADHD to another.
Your child may have strengths in certain areas and significant challenges with the specific skills that are causing the problems you see and hear so much about.
Regardless of diagnosis, it’s important to treat your child as an individual and figure out how they can develop the skills that they need to be successful.
As the saying goes, “The devil is in the details,” and these details can make a world of difference in getting your child the help they really need.
The Impact Advantage
That is why I take such great care in doing a thorough investigation – identifying where those specific challenges are and making a personalized plan that fits for them as an individual.
This is what you can expect when you complete an assessment at Impact Psychology:
6-8 hours of testing (split up over 2-3 different days to get the best results) looking at each of the following…
Attention – Breaking down the specific areas of attention where your child is struggling most, so you know exactly what changes to make at home and at school to help them perform their best
Executive functioning – Identifying the underlying causes of the problems you see at home and school to see what skills they need to develop to reach their potential
Intellectual abilities (IQ) – Learning how your child processes different types of information and how you can present information to help them learn more effectively
Achievement (Academics) – Determining if they are struggling with other learning problems that are commonly associated with ADHD (like dyslexia or other learning disabilities) and can make school even harder
Memory – Giving you clear guidance on how to make information stick for your child based on their unique memory profile
Mood/Behavior – Making sure that no other problems could be disguising themselves as ADHD, and helping to support your child to feel happy and confident
Feedback/consultation session – Giving you a solid understanding of what your child’s brain is doing and a clear plan on what to do next (with several pages of specific recommendations based on their test results)
Child feedback (if desired) – Building your child’s confidence by highlighting their biggest strengths and showing them what they’re truly capable of
One-month consultation follow-up – Providing you with additional support and guidance to help you problem-solve any remaining issues (so you feel confident knowing that you don’t have to do it alone)
When you complete an assessment at Impact Psychology, you don’t just get test results and a diagnosis.
You get an experienced advisor that you can rely on whenever you have questions – about resources, about recommendations, or about what to expect as your child gets older.
You get an individualized plan to help your child become more successful in school, feel more confident in their abilities, and prepare them with the tools they'll need to reach their full potential in the future.
And you can feel confident knowing that you’ve got support that will help your child develop into the learner and leader that they’re capable of becoming.
To get started and help your child reach their potential, click the button below to schedule an appointment today.