Hi, need to submit a 1250 words paper on the topic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosis. The diagnostician must be well trained and experienced in diagnosing the disorder and he/she must not allow others to pressure them into such a diagnosis. At the same time, the input of others along with objective assessment is necessary.
The parent interview consists of basically two parts. A complete medical, developmental and social history is necessary along with an understanding of the behaviors that have brought the child in for an assessment. While we know that parenting likely does not cause ADHD we also know the climate of the home and the parenting style can contribute to behaviors that look like ADHD or can make the symptoms of ADHD appear much worse. The therapist must separate all these things and investigate all of them in this interview. The therapist should know the child’s medical history, developmental history, family medical and mental health history, the family makeup and daily routine including expectations of the child and discipline style and the behaviors that are of concern by the end of the interview (Koff, 2006).
The child interview greatly depends on the age of the child. For younger children, it is more of an observation than an interview. This is the chance for the therapist to see first hand the behaviors the parents are concerned about. Many therapists make this a play session to aide in establishing a quick rapport with the child and observe behaviors in a more natural setting. This is also the time the therapist consults with the child about their feelings of safety in the home and elsewhere. The therapist is also doing an assessment of the child’s self-esteem as often by the point of consulting professionals the child has experienced social, educational and family trauma of some sort due to their behaviors.
The older child such as an adolescent may be very verbal or rapport is sometimes facilitated by taking a walk or “throwing the football around” while talking.