Evaluation process

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Evaluation process
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Tue, 01-25-2011 - 1:37pm

I would like to get my son officially evaluated but I'm getting more frustrated by the moment trying to find a place to do it.

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Registered: 01-29-2011
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 7:57pm

I'm in Baltimore.

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Thu, 01-27-2011 - 1:13pm

Thanks everyone!

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 12:45pm

We are just at the begining of all this, the school did some testing (they were testing for learning disabilities too) when everything on the learning side came back fine they suggested we have a talk with pedi and bring all the paper work. I meet with pedi next week but my pedi office has a Neuropsychologist on staff so most likely next step for us, but I would start with your pedi. We have an HMO so we just pay a $25 co pay for specialist but if my pedi doesn't give a referral to the neuropysic and I do it on my own insurance won't cover. When we started all this testing at school they told me if I did this on my own I'd be looking at over $300

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 12:23pm

You know, it may well be worth your time to see the regular doctor to rule out things that mimic ADHD.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 12:21am

Read this article FIRST...

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 10:12pm
I only suggested seeing the pediatrition as a start. If you were to have trouble getting in to a specialist. And by the way it was my pediatrition who diagnosed both my boys. I then went and sought further help. Which hapens to cost me $50 a visit. I guess it just depends on the Dr. Also not evryone has the money&or insurance to go see specialist.
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Registered: 04-19-2008
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 4:21pm
I would start with someone other than a Pediatrician, sinmce Peds are not usually trained in treating or Diagnosing ADHD. Especially if you suspect Comorbids like Tourrette's, or other disorders.

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 3:10pm

Hello,

You might just want to start with your regular pediatrition.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 2:45pm

HI, and welcome!

Our eval was done with a Neuropsychologist/Psych Team

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 2:44pm
Honestly, it can take a very long time to get in with appts. It's not uncommon to go on a waiting list and wait months. The only way sometimes to get in ASAP is to already be a patient or having something really extreme going on (child trying to burn the house down, violent behavior, etc.).

Evaluations really vary. At Kaiser, we went through a long process because our son was very young -- three -- when problems became severe. We started with a child psychologist, tried his techniques to correct behavior, got nowhere, moved on to a behavioral therapist, tried his techniques, got nowhere, our son was kicked out of preschool and then we got the golden ticket with a child psychiatrist.

By then, we had a long record of our son's behavior problems at home and at school. She reviewed those (which included forms filled out by our son's teachers before they kicked him out of school), talked to us more about everything and then talked about medication (since we'd exhausted therapy as a stand-alone option). We still didn't get a diagnosis of ADHD because he was three, although we started medication then. It took two years to get an official diagnosis. We were told he had strong indicators of ADHD and they treated him for those symptoms but wouldn't diagnose until he moved on to the real ADHD medications at four and those worked wonders. Even then, another year for the psychiatrist to say, "He has ADHD."

I do know you can meet with neuropsychologists and have a lot of testing done, but most people I know meet with psychiatrists who review records from parents and teachers, and talk about all of the symptoms. There really isn't a blood test or anything for ADHD, although I don't know what neyropsychologists review (brain analysis?) -- maybe someone here can chime in on that.

I don't know about the costs of everything because we have Kaiser and just pay our $30 copay. ADHD medications can be very expensive if you don't have great coverage. Our son's first prescription of the year eats up our $300 deductible for the year and that's just for one month's supply. Thankfully, after that we go down to the usual co-pay.

Good luck!

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