Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (DSM-V)
ADHD can severely interfere with a person’s ability to learn and can cause behavior problems that can lead to lifelong difficulties. ADHD can make it impossible for an individual to access his or her full intellectual capability on a regular basis.
“Sometimes I am the smartest kid in class and other times I can’t remember what I learned yesterday.”
“But Mom, I did study for the test!”
“I didn’t hit him. He pushed me!”
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
- Difficulty paying close attention to details
- Making careless mistakes
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Difficulty listening
- Fidgeting excessively
- Can’t sit still
- Always on the go “as if driven by a motor”
- Blurts out answers before questions are asked
- Interrupts others
- Has difficulty awaiting turn
Your comprehensive assessment would include:
A comprehensive developmental history; behavioral observations at home and at school; and a full psycho-educational assessment and a continuous processing test (TOVA). Please see the description of this assessment on the page for Testing and School Accommodations.
This information will be used to help you and your family access the school and testing accommodations that are your right under Federal legislation such as P.L. 108-446, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or P.L. 110-325, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
Lifestyle and diet can affect ADHD and will be discussed. If you choose medication, Dr. Cibelli can work with your physician to help him or her titer the level of the ADHD medication to the most effective level using the TOVA test. If medication is used, it is always important for it to be at the correct level so that it works for you and not against you or your child. See my Gluten Free blog with links.
California Department of EducationThe TOVA Test