Non-Teacher Professional Assessments: ADHD

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Non-Teacher Professional Assessments: ADHD by Mind Map: Non-Teacher Professional Assessments: ADHD

1. A diagnosed condition that affects an individual for life, including five to eight percent of students in school, characterized by inattention, over-activity, and impulsivity. (OTF, 200

2. Diagnosis

2.1. Difficult to assess as there is not a specific test that determines if a child has ADAD.

2.2. Difficult as all children are restless and inattentive at different times.

2.3. The symptoms vary between gender, settings, age of the individual.

3. Assessment

3.1. Interviews with parents and teachers occur.

3.1.1. Doctors will have them complete the Connor's rating scale based on the child's behaviour.

3.2. Medical history is reviewed including if the vision and hearing have been checked.

3.3. The doctor observes and talks with the child.

4. After the Diagnosis

4.1. Child may need medication.

4.2. Child will need behaviour therapy.

4.3. The teacher will work with the parents and the doctor in creating a treatment plan that would help the child in the classroom to be successful.

5. Instructional Considerations  in the Classroom

5.1. Provide frequent breaks.

5.2. Provide more active activities throughout the day, so the child is not sitting all of the time.

5.3. Chunking of information and use graphic organizers.

5.4. Teach organizational and social skills

5.5. Child may need an IEP for an alternative program.

5.6. Reward on-task behaviour.

5.7. Provide access to speech-to-text computer programs

6. Definition

7. Environmental Considerations in the Classroom

7.1. Preferrential seating to avoid being distracted by those around him/her.

7.2. Use of headphones and music.

7.3. Use of fidget objects - stress ball, chewing gum

8. Assessment Considerations in the Classroom

8.1. Allow for choice and one being oral test.

8.2. Chunk test into smaller sections and allow for breaks.

8.3. Allow for additional time to complete the tests.

9. References:

9.1. Ontario Teachers Federation. 2016. Behaviour Exceptionality. Retrieved July 15, from: http://www.teachspeced.ca/behaviour-exceptionality

9.2. Sick Kids. 2016. Overview of Assessment for ADHD. Retrieved July 15, 2016 from: http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/ResourceCentres/ADHD/AboutADHD/Pages/Overview-of-Assessment-for-ADHD.aspx