ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis
Please note that ADHD 2e Pro does not assess for, nor diagnose, ADHD. Our mission is to advocate for neurodiverse children and to educate school staff, families, and the general public about ADHD.
Assessment and diagnosis should be done in consultation with your healthcare provider and a psychologist, or a psychiatrist. Further information on obtaining an assessment and diagnosis will be outlined below. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions related to medical concerns or treatment.
ADHD Assessments, Diagnosis, and Support in Manitoba
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Assessment and diagnosis should be done in consultation with your healthcare provider and a psychologist, or a psychiatrist. If you suspect you or your child might have ADHD, there are a number of options for assessment, diagnosis, and seeking support. The CADDAC website also has some information about who can and should diagnose ADHD.
If your child is having any difficulties at school, please ask the school team for help. This can include the guidance counsellor, resource teacher, social worker, and/or a school psychologist. They should be able to get to know your child and provide in-school supports to help with any areas of difficulty. If these supports are inadequate, the school principal should refer your child to the school psychologist for proper assessment.
MATC’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service has a provincial mandate to provide assessment, treatment for children and youth ages 6 to 17 years and their families. Due to underfunding of psychological support services in Manitoba, there is an incredibly long waitlist for these services. Visit the MATC website.
Private Assessment to Inform Schools
If you have additional health coverage or the resources to pay for a private assessment, this is another (albeit expensive) option. However, aside from the expense, there are other downsides to this option.
Some schools will question a private diagnosis and may not be as inclined to follow their recommendations. A private psychologist may only see your child once, or once per week for a while. If your child’s issues are primarily occurring at school, then the school team may see your child more often and will see them in the context and environment in which they are struggling. The private psychological offices of Red Ladder wrote a helpful and informative article on this subject. Visit the RED LADDER website.
Private Assessment for Families
If more of the challenges are occurring at home, or outside of school, there may be more reason to seek private assessment and support. However, not all private supports are created equal, even amongst qualified psychologists. The Manitoba Psychological Society has a directory of all private practice psychologists outlining their areas of specialty.
The directory has a search function where you can narrow down psychologists based on the age group they support, their areas of expertise, and the types of therapies and services they offer.
An important note: ADHD 2e MB strongly recommends avoiding practitioners who primarily practice Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapies. While there is much controversy and varying opinions on this subject, the philosophy of ADHD 2e MB is to provide support to children that nurture and honour their full authentic self.
While all children need guidance and support, adults should not attempt to “train” neurodivergence out of their child. It is our professional opinion that many, if not all, ABA practices seek to do this. Neurodiverse children should not be forced to conform to a society that is created for Neurotypical people.
If you have further questions, please contact us. We can provide advocacy, coaching, supports, resources, and referrals.