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Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Documentation must be from professionals who have comprehensive training and relevant experience such as psychologists, neuropsychologist, psychiatrists or other medical doctors who have training and experience in the assessment of AD/HD. The report should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator.
  • There should be evidence of early impairment as well as current impairment. The condition must have been exhibited in childhood in more than one setting. A history of individual’s presenting attentional symptoms and evidence of current impulsive/hyperactive or inattentive behaviors that significantly impair functioning in two or more settings need to be documented.
  • A diagnostic interview. The interview must contain self-report and third-party information pertaining to: developmental history, a thorough academic history, a review of prior pyscho-educational tests reports to determine whether a pattern of strengths or weaknesses is supportive of attention or learning problems.
  • Relevant work history.
  • Evidence of alternative diagnoses or explanations being ruled out. The documentation must investigate and discuss the possibility of dual diagnoses and alternative or coexisting mood, behavioral, neurological and/or personality disorders that may confound the AD/HD diagnosis. For a diagnosis of AD/HD, the symptoms may not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.
  • Neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessment is needed to determine the current impact of the disorder on the individual’s ability to function in an academic setting. All subtests and standard scores reported.
  • A specific psychological diagnosis as per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).
  • An indication of whether or not the individual was evaluated while on medication, and whether or not the prescribed treatment produced a positive response.
  • The documentation should indicate the substantial limitations to major life activities, how these limitations would impact the academic context for which accommodations are requested, how the specific effects of the disability may be accommodated and how the effects of AD/HD are mediated by the recommended accommodations.