The assessment and diagnosis of ADHD by a medical professional is generally covered by your provincial health care plan, however, always ask if any additional fees will be charged.
The potential diagnosis of ADHD should include;
- A medical history
- A psychiatric medical history
- Screening to rule out any possible physical disorders
- Vision and hearing test
Psychologists may assess and diagnose ADHD, but they cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists are not covered by provincial health care plans, but may be partially covered by private health coverage. Speak to the psychologist prior to contacting your private insurance provider.
Children who are struggling academically may seek a psychoeducational assessment to assess whether any coexisting learning disabilities (LDs) may exist along with ADHD. A complete assessment of a child’s learning strengths and needs is essential for a student who continues to be impaired at school. Psycho-educational assessments cost approximately $2,000-$4,000
Important Things to Know About the Health Care Professional that you choose:
- Their expertise in the area of ADHD
- Their accreditation and registration (pertinent to a psychologist’s ability to diagnosis)
- What is the current wait time?
- Do they provide long term follow-up care?
- Is a full screening for other potential medical disorders part of the assessment process?
For more information about ADHD assessments please contact our Resource Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org