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Every child who comes to the Center for Management of ADHD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) receives an initial evaluation. The goals of this evaluation are to develop an understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges and to determine their primary treatment needs. This evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and will screen for other emotional, behavioral and medical conditions.
When you call to schedule an evaluation with the Center for Management of ADHD, the intake coordinator will obtain initial information about your child over the phone. Afterward, you'll receive a packet including a parent questionnaire, parent behavioral rating scales, and a teacher behavioral checklist. Your parent and teacher forms must be received by our office before we can schedule your evaluation.
There may be a significant waiting period between your intake phone call and your evaluation appointment. This delay is due to several factors, primarily a national shortage of clinicians who focus on ADHD. The exact length of time you’ll wait for an appointment depends on the type of evaluation your child needs. It may be several months.
The intake coordinator will let you know the approximate timeframe in which your child may be evaluated. She will also discuss important things to do while you are waiting for an evaluation to help address your child’s immediate needs. You may be directed to helpful resources on our website.
Our intake coordinator will determine whether your child is appropriate for an:
This decision is based on a variety of factors such as your child’s previous evaluations, a review of parent and teacher forms, and your goals for the evaluation. You should be aware that there is a significantly longer waiting period for evaluations involving learning disability screenings.
If you are interested primarily in obtaining a learning or learning disability assessment and not an evaluation to determine ADHD diagnosis, it is recommended that you request evaluations through your child’s school district or request assistance from our intake coordinator to find providers in the community.
The purpose of an ADHD consultation is a behavioral health assessment to determine whether your child has ADHD and/or other conditions. It does not include intellectual or academic/learning testing, as such testing is not required to diagnose ADHD.
These evaluations include:
The consultation does not include:
The purpose of an ADHD evaluation and learning disability screening is to determine whether your child has ADHD and/or another condition, and to conduct a screening for a learning disability (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia).
The screening does not include:
Here are some important things to consider while waiting for your child’s ADHD evaluation:
Please note that due to individual patient needs and patient volumes our center, your child may not be able to be treated at CHOP, and referrals for treatment in your community may be provided.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow time for registration and assessment.
At least one parent or legal guardian must be present during the evaluation. Children will not be seen without a caregiver present. Unfortunately, we cannot provide childcare for siblings.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please provide at least 72 hours notice. Another family will be grateful for the appointment. Please be aware that if you arrive late for your visit or without required paper work, your appointment may be rescheduled.
Visiting a doctor's office or hospital for any reason may be stressful for children of all ages. These tips can help you prepare your child for his visit, so he or she feels more comfortable about his or her upcoming outpatient appointment.
In most cases, insurance will cover the cost of Behavioral Health appointments and developmental testing. CHOP has insurance specialists who can help resolve any insurance issues. You should ask your insurance provider about what co-pays or deductibles you will owe at the time of your visit.
Free parking is available for appointments at 3440 and 3550 Market Street locations. The entrance to the ground-level parking lot (white sign labeled CHOP Patient) is located just south of the intersection of 34th and Market Streets. When turning on 34th street, please make your first right into the parking lot. Additionally, free parking is available at the CHOP Specialty Care Center locations in suburban Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Depending on the type of visit your child has, the feedback may be given on the day of the evaluation or at a separate visit a couple of weeks later.
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, we will give you information to help you learn about ADHD and ensure you are on the right path to helping your child reach his or her full potential. You will also be given a written summary of your child’s evaluation, which will include the clinician's diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations that can be brought to school, the child’s pediatrician or treatment providers.
Please read about our treatment services or information about finding a treatment provider.
Our specialists have years of experience assessing and providing comprehensive care for patients with ADHD.
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