By: Kirstin Filizetti, PhD

Child evaluationPreparing for an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) evaluation or a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) evaluation

As part of our practice in San Diego, we provide ADHD and/or Learning Disability evaluations. These types of evaluations are often sought after by adults who are curious if they meet criteria for a diagnosis, parents wondering if their child needs an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, college students seeking testing accommodations, and various other referral reasons.

After speaking with one of our evaluators, and setting up your assessment appointment, you will likely be encouraged to collect documents or information to help prepare for your appointment.

Some of these suggestions, as part of your preparation may include:

  1. Gather documents that verify past (or current) mental health and/or medical diagnoses.
  1. Gather any previous testing data verifying past diagnoses or evaluations (this can be previous psychological evaluations, state testing results, SAT results, etc.).
  1. Collect previous Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans, the evaluator may benefit from learning what types of accommodations you received in the past.
  1. For college students and adults: Speak to past teachers, coaches, and/or your parents about whether or not they noticed signs of ADHD or a LD while you were attending school. If you still have access to these people as sources of information, you may want to consider signing a release of information for the evaluator to speak with them to gather clinical information to help verify diagnoses.
  1. For college students or adults: Ask your parent if the school ever asked to have you tested for ADHD or a LD.
  1. For parents of school aged children: Ask your students teachers (or tutors) if they notice signs of any learning or attention challenges in your child.
  1. For parents: collect samples of your child’s school work that help illustrate some of the concerns that you are observing in your child. (For example: if you are concerned that your child’s writing skills are limited, bring in some sample school assignments.)

For further clarification about what types of documents may prove helpful, feel free to contact our office to speak with one of our psychological evaluators. We look forward to working with you!