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Is there a test I can give my child if the teacher suggests they have ADHD?

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There is no one test for ADHD. Instead, an ADHD diagnosis is based on observations of a child's behavior in multiple settings. The teacher, sometimes past teachers, will play a key role in the process. The professional who makes the diagnosis is usually a specially trained doctor (a psychiatrist or pediatrician), psychologist, counselor, or social worker. They will ask you and your child's teachers to rate their observations of your child's behavior on standardized evaluation or rating scales.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

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