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Assessment of ADHD in Children and Teens


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In this seminar recording, Dr. Barkley presents his view on the best means for clinically evaluating ADHD in children and adolescents. The goals of the evaluation are initially discussed followed by information to be obtained before the day of the evaluation as well as topics to be covered in the initial interview with parents and children/teens. The issues to be addressed by the evaluation and the best methods for doing so are then presented. The types of rating scales and psychological tests that are useful in the evaluation of ADHD will also be reviewed. Special attention is given to the problems with using neuropsychological testing to make a diagnosis of ADHD. The presentation concludes with the topics essential to cover in the feedback conference with the parents on the results of the evaluation.


  • List the goals of the evaluation of ADHD in children and teens
  • Describe the issues that arise in such evaluations and the best means to address them
  • Outline the essential contents of the parent and child interviews
  • Explain which psychological tests and rating scales are and are not useful for evaluating ADHD
  • Review the essential topics to address in the parent feedback conference
  • Assessment Goals
  • Information to get at the time of referral
  • Issues to be addressed in the evaluation
  • Methods for addressing those issues
  • Content of the parent interview
  • Purpose of the child/teen interview
  • Useful rating scales for evaluating ADHD
  • Problems with neuropsychological testing in the diagnosis of ADHD
  • Differential diagnostic tips for identifying ADHD
  • Essential ingredients in the parent feedback conference

Length: 1 DVD(s)

Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes



Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and research professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He is a Diplomate in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator and practitioner who has authored, co-authored or co-edited 15 books and clinical manuals now numbering 24 separate editions. He has published more than 230 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. His most recent books include ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says (2008); ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis and Management (2009); Your Defiant Teen (2008); Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (3rd ed., 2006), Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (2005, 3rd ed.) and Assessment of Childhood Disorders (2007). In 1993, he founded a bimonthly newsletter for clinical professionals, The ADHD Report (Guilford).Dr. Barkley has presented more than 700 invited workshops, public addresses and scientific presentations internationally and has appeared on the nationally-televised 60 Minutes, the Today show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. He has received numerous awards from professional associations for his research career in child development and psychopathology and his efforts to disseminate the science of ADHD to both professionals and the general public.

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