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  • The ADHD Evaluation and Treatment Program

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    Comprehensive ADHD Evaluation and Diagnosis for Children and Adults 

    Serving all of New York! (Albany, Rochester, Utica, Watertown, Binghamton, Syracuse, Buffalo, New York City)

    Now scheduling new evaluations! 

    • Clinical evaluations and testing for ADHD
    • Medication Evaluations: Connection to an ADHD-informed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for Intake and follow up appointments, if appropriate. 
    • Executive Function Skills Assessment and Tools
    • Support for Parents and Adults with ADHD
    • Online Courses and more!

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    Sarah Linder, LCSW-R, CCSP has over 30 hours of specialized training in ADHD for all ages and over 14 years of Clinical Experience

    What is ADHD?

    Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). ADHD is classified in 3 different subtypes or presentations: Inattentive Presentation, Impulsive/Hyperactive Presentation, or Combined Type (Inattentive and Impulsive/Hyperactive). 

    Neurodivergent

    Unlike the name suggests, ADHD is not actually an issue with a deficit of attention; rather, it is more accurately explained as a dysregulation of attention. The brain has difficulty paying attention to what it is supposed to pay attention to when it is supposed to pay attention to it, and for how long it is supposed to pay attention. The nervous system is referred to as an "interest-based nervous system". Another big component of ADHD is emotional dysregulation or difficulty handling feelings.

    Brain Based Differences

    With ADHD brains, scientists have learned that there is a deficiency in the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Norepinephrine comes from a molecule called dopa, which is converted into dopamine, and then into norepinephrine.

    Studies have shown that there are differences in certain areas of the brain in individuals with ADHD, namely: The prefrontal cortex, the limbic system, basil ganglia, and the reticular activating system. Not everyone will have problems with all 4 areas of the brain, but since they all work together, differences in just 1 area can result in difficulties for the individual.

    Symptoms of ADHD

    While individuals with ADHD can have distinctly different sets of strengths and weaknesses, there are some overarching similarities present.

    Inattentive Type: Difficulty with regulating attention, makes careless mistakes, forgetful in daily activities, does not seem to listen, difficulty following through on chores or responsibilities, difficulty with organization easily distracted, and forgetful.

    Impulsive/Hyperactive Type: Fidgety or restless, feels like they are "on the go", talks excessively, interrupts others or blurts out answers, difficulty waiting their turn and staying seated when staying seated is expected

    Combined Type: Meets criteria for both of the above types

    Myths and Misunderstandings

    Individuals with ADHD are NOT: 

    Dumb, lazy, need to try harder, bad/naughty, only boys, only hyperactive, able to always "outgrow" it, a result of "bad parenting", over-diagnosed, over-medicated, only a disorder of childhood, destined to be drug abusers.

    Individuals with ADHD CAN:

    Focus on some things (sometimes really well!), succeed, find strengths, get support, be gifted in other areas, feel good about themselves, learn to handle emotions better, have fulfilling relationships, accomplish their dreams, be ok JUST as they are! 

    ADHD Evaluations for Ages 5-17

    What’s included?

    -Free Screening (including one specific to female clients or female-assigned-at-birth clients)

    -Easy and friendly registration process to get started and a 30 minute telehealth appointment to help you with the next steps.

    -We help you collect collateral information from doctors and teachers, if needed. Early screening for other issues such as anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorders, etc. so you don’t waste time and money if we have major concerns!

    1st Session: 60-90 minute comprehensive evaluation with parent and child in-person or through telehealth

    2nd Session: Testing for ADHD and screening for any concerns regarding intelligence and/or cognitive functioning, when indicated. (Can be performed via live telehealth in NYS only)

    3rd Session: 60 minute review of results plus recommendations. Whether you are diagnosed with ADHD or not, we will send you away with helpful information and recommendations for your next steps.

    ADHD Evaluations for Adults (18+)

    What’s Included?

    -Free Screening (including one specific to female clients or female-assigned-at-birth clients)

    Easy and friendly registration process to get started with a 30 minute telehealth appointment to get started on the next steps. 

    -We help you collect collateral information from doctors, etc. Early screening for other issues such as anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorders, etc.

    1st Session: 60-90 minute comprehensive evaluation with client in person or through live telehealth (NYS only)

    2nd Session: Testing for ADHD and screening for any concerns regarding intelligence and/or cognitive functioning, when indicated. (Live telehealth option available in NYS only)

    3rd Session: 60 minute review of results plus recommendations. Whether diagnosed with ADHD or not, we send you off with helpful information and recommendations for your next steps.

    Treatment and Coaching

    Being evaluated through our program? You will have access to helpful information about Executive Function (EF) skills strengths and weaknesses. ADHD is specifically a disorder of EF weaknesses and learning strategies based on your specific profile will help you achieve your goals.

    With this information, we can fine tune interventions at home, school or work that work with YOUR brain! Stop trying to force yourself to “try harder” and start working with your unique profile.

    Already evaluated at a different location? No problem! Bring your results with you and join us here to learn how to maximize your potential, and reduce shame, blame and self-criticism that often accompanies individuals with ADHD.

    Medication Management for ADHD

    The best package to reduce ADHD symptoms is

    • 1) Diagnosis
    • 2) Education
    • 3) Medication
    • 4) Accommodation
    • 5) Modification
    • (Dr. Barkley, 2018)

    -Learn the myths of medication management for ADHD and reasons for early intervention 

    -Ask questions from an ADHD-informed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    -Fine tune your medication needs with a provider who is experienced with the many types of stimulants and non-stimulant treatment for ADHD

    -Not interested in medication management or medications have given you too many side effects? Talk to us about our non-medication treatment options for ADHD.

    Payment Options

    We have set up the evaluation process to be a tiered program, which affords you the opportunity to pay in installments depending on how far you would like to proceed in the evaluation process. We are Out-Of-Network with most insurance companies and insurance will not always cover costs of evaluations and testing. *see package options below

    Free ADHD Screening (including one specific to female clients or female-assigned-at-birth clients)

    1st Installment: Registration and early screenings with 30 minute telehealth appointment to review next steps. 

    2nd Installment: 60 min. evaluation (potentially reimbursable by insurance)

    *Sometimes we may opt to stop here if you have been recommended to seek out additional consultation prior to ADHD testing. (If, after the initial evaluation, we think you might benefit from (for example) a sleep study first, we will help you communicate this to your medical provider.) We will then “lock” you in at the current evaluation rate for 3 months if you choose to come back and complete the evaluation afterwards.

    3rd Installment: ADHD Testing (Unlikely to be reimbursed by insurance: check with your specific plan) 

    4th Installment: 60 min. Review and Feedback session (potentially reimbursable by insurance, depending on outcome). *Can stop here if preferred

    5th Installment: 1 60 minute Medication Evaluation and 1 Follow-up appointment (potentially reimbursable by insurance). If you and your provider decide on additional appointments, the fees will be discussed prior to the 3rd medication management appointment.

    6th Installment: Treatment and/or EF coaching sessions (billed at outpatient level/cost, most likely to be reimbursable by insurance). 

    *Please inquire for price points

    We will work with you as best we can to help you get any reimbursement you can from insurance companies.

    ADHD Evaluations

    Welcome to our ADHD Evaluation Program, we are so glad you’ve found us! Our program is comprehensive and will help you to rule out other concerns you might have for yourself or your child. ADHD is a complicated clinical diagnosis, which cannot always be quickly diagnosed with 1 questionnaire or screening form. 

    There are other issues that can mimic ADHD; some might be caught early on by the primary care doctor or school professional, while others might not. Additionally, ADHD is frequently co-morbid (goes along with) other issues such as anxiety, learning disabilities, dyslexia, sensory issues, autism, etc. Sometimes these issues are diagnosed early on but the ADHD component is missed, which can be a barrier to achieving personal goals.

    You Deserve A Careful Evaluation!

    With our help, we can guide you to make important decisions about your care, including if we believe you might require a higher level of testing, called a “neuropsychological evaluation”, completed by a psychologist or other professional.

    If that is the case, we will assist you with these referrals as best we can. We want you to receive comprehensive care, even if it is not with us! 

    What is an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider?

    Over 30 Hours of training from leading experts in the field!

    Topic Areas Include:

    • Non-Medication Interventions
    • Evidence Based Medications and Treatment
    • Executive Functioning in the Classroom
    • Co-morbid diagnoses and differences with issues such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism Spectrum and Mood Disorders
    • Similarities and differences between ADHD and SCT (Sluggish Cognitive Tempo)
    • ADHD in Adults and Targeting Executive Skills

    With Experts: Dr. David Nowell, PhD, Dr. Russell Barkley, PhD, Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M, ADHD-CCSP,  Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, MA, LPA, and Margaret Dawson, Ed.D, NCSP

    Meet Kelly our Medication Management Provider!

    Kelly Dorman, NPP is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has 11+ years of nursing experience and is also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider. Kelly is well experienced in medication treatment for ADHD in all populations and specializes in ADHD treatment in girls, women and females-assigned-at-birth. We couldn’t be more proud to have her on our team!

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