Guidelines for Documentation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The Office of Disability Services will accept diagnoses of ADHD that are based on comprehensive diagnostic evaluations administered by a trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professional.
A comprehensive report should contain the following information:
Diagnostic interview addressing relevant historical information, past academic achievement, age of initial diagnosis, discussion of medication, history and effectiveness of accommodations in past educational settings.
Procedures used to diagnose the disability (include a list of all instruments used in the assessment)
Discussion of testing results and behavior, including the symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria. If the student was evaluated while on medication, please indicate the effect this may have had on performance.
Diagnostic summary statement that includes the following information:
• Clear and direct statement that ADHD does or does not exist, including a rule out of alternative explanations for behaviors.
• Clear statement specifying the substantial limitations to one or more major life activities and the degree of severity.
• Recommendation regarding medications
• Recommendations for accommodations, including rationale for the accommodations.