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If you are a parent or caregiver of a child suspected of having Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD,) the route to diagnosis can often be confusing. 

Assessment for ADHD at Threshold Psychology often involves the following process:

  1. Review of the child’s cumulative record (e.g., report cards, previous assessments, school-based services, etc.).

  2. Review of any reports/assessments previously completed.

  3. A psychoeducational assessment in order to determine learning profile and determine if learning difficulties/disabilities exist. This consists of approximately 6 hours of testing broken into two sessions.

  4. A structured 2 ½ hour interview with parent(s)/caregiver(s) using the Parent Interview for Child Symptoms (PICS).

  5. A structured 30-minute interview with the classroom teacher using the Teacher Telephone Interview (TTI) to collect narrative information which will assist in diagnosis. 

  6. Use of questionnaires or behaviour rating scales which examine behaviours often related to ADHD.

  7. Consultation with other professionals (e.g., pediatrician, school personnel) as needed.

Once all relevant information is gathered, the psychologist scores and interprets the results of the testing, the interviews, and questionnaires. All of the assessment information is pulled together into a diagnostic formulation and an intervention plan, with recommendations, is created. This is shared at a feedback meeting with parent(s)/caregiver(s).

Our fee to complete an assessment for ADHD is between $2800 and $3000 which is consistent with other psychologists in Nova Scotia. Payments are usually made in two installments. The first installment is due after the psycho-educational testing is complete and the second installment is due at the feedback session. 

Assessment for ADHD: About Me
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