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Documentation Guidelines

Attention Deficit Disorders

The documentation should:

  • Be completed by a qualified professional. Qualified individuals include psychologists, neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, and other certified or licensed specialists with relevant training
  • Clearly state a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD
  • Reflect current functioning
  • Provide an assessment (e.g. neuro-psychologigal, psycho-educational), which may include:
    • Clinical interview and observation
    • Developmental and academic history
    • Results from standardized, age-appropriate tests or evaluations of:
      1. Aptitude/Cognitive Ability:  Provides a complete intellectual assessment (report all subtest and standard scores)
      2. Alternating and Divided Attention:  Provides information about mental flexibility and the ability to simultaneously attend to multiple demands
      3. Targeted Focus: Provides information about sustained and selective attention over time
      4. Information Processing/Executive Functioning:  Provides information about planning, organization, problem solving, memory, processing speed, auditory and visual perception, motor skills, ets.
    • Results from Standardized Rating Scales:  Provides information about student's behavior across environments
    • Clinical interpretive summary
  • Describe the functional limitations of the condition and the resulting impact on major life activities
  • Include information about any medications that may cause additional functional limitations or side-effects
  • Establish a relationship between the functional limitations of the condition and any recommended academic accommodations or adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services