ADHD Testing & Management
Children and adults with attention deficits often experience frustration related to feeling as if they are not achieving according to their potential. Often, these individuals’ histories are replete with reports of procrastination, difficulty with follow-through, problems with time management, and frequent job changes. As a result, those with ADHD frequently develop low self-esteem.
Currently, ADHD is best understood as a problem with respect to the executive function that is most likely “hard-wired” in the brain. An individual with attention deficits usually manifests significant difficulty with respect to goal-directed, future-oriented behavior. ADHD is not a disorder of skill, knowledge, or intelligence. It is a disorder of performance, not skill: doing what you know as opposed to not knowing what to do.
ADHD Management consists of a four-pronged approach. The first is a careful evaluation of the individual. At Valley Neuropsychology Group, we conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine the presence or absence of attention deficits, including the possibility of co-morbid conditions. Secondly, we direct our efforts towards educating parents, caregivers, and the individual who has been identified as having ADHD. The third step in our management strategy includes, where appropriate, referral for determination as to whether the individual may benefit from psychotropic medication. Finally, we recommend appropriate accommodations for home, school, and in the community that are specifically tailored to the individual.