Children with ADHD often need medication, as determined by your pediatrician, that may assist them in improving concentration and attention. Children misdiagnosed with ADHD may be needlessly taking medication that may not help them as intended. A comprehensive approach to diagnosis is always the best way to determine whether your child has ADHD or determining that their symptoms may be due to another cause.
Brian Hudspeth MA, LPC, LCDC, SAP offers two state of the art objective tests to assist in the diagnosis of ADHD.
TOVA (Test of Variables of Attention
1. The Test of Variables of Attention or TOVA is a computerized assessment. The T.O.V.A. objectively measures the key components of attention and self-control, variability (consistency), response time (speed), commissions (impulsivity), and omissions (focus and vigilance). The T.O.V.A. provides information that is not available through self-report or the report of others. It can be used along with subjective measures for a more comprehensive picture of academic, social, and personal performance.
"Is it ADHD or not?" Brian Hudspeth Counseling is excited to announce that we are now utilizing NEBA to assist in obtaining a clearer answer to this question. NEBA is the first FDA cleared biological brainwave-based ADHD assessment aid for children and adolescents. In addition to our typical ADHD evaluation tools, we are now also utilizing NEBA to assist with determining whether behavioral symptoms are due to ADHD or another condition. Some children may display ADHD symptoms that are actually due to other conditions, and NEBA helps to identify these cases.
NEBA utilizes validated measures of brainwave activity in order to allow for greater clinical certainty regarding the presence or absence of ADHD in children and adolescents. NEBA involves a safe and short procedure that is provided in the comfort of our office. Financial assistance may also be available for qualifying families as well. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office or visit NEBAHealth.com.
2. NEBA is a brainwave test; the first cleared by FDA to help your clinician determine if symptoms are due to ADHD or some other condition. NEBA - along with a traditional diagnostic work up for ADHD - will help your clinician understand better what’s causing your child’s symptoms. NEBA may confirm ADHD or NEBA may prompt your clinician to look for other things that might be causing ADHD-like symptoms.
How NEBA works:
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You or your child’s assessment will consist of several parts. All patients will minimally be assessed by the following:
Teacher Evaluation for ADHD
Parent Evaluation for ADHD.
TOVA (Test of Variables of Attention)
Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation consisting of written or oral assessment of the patient and clinician observation.
Based on the aforementioned items an initial diagnosis will be made. In many cases one of the following objective tests may be recommended:
NEBA (Neuropsychiatric Interpretive EEG-based Assessment)
M-PACI (Millon Pre-Adolescent Clinical Inventory)
MACI (Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory)
Millon or MMPI for adults.