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.
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.
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.
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 Pro 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 Pro is to provide support to children that nurture and honour their full authentic self. While all children need guidance, adults should not attempt to "train" neurodifferences out of their child. It is our professional opinion that many ABA practices seek to do this. Neurodiverse children should not be forced to conform to a society that is created for Neurotypical people.
The Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC)'s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Service (ADHD) has a provincial mandate to provide assessment, treatment for children and youth ages 6 to 17 years and their families.
Remember: Your child is exactly the same person they were before they received their diagnosis, it changes nothing about who they are. They already knew they were different, and so did you, otherwise you wouldn't have pursued the assessment. This diagnosis can provide some answers, understanding, and insight.
What a diagnosis can also do is open doors to resources and supports that a child may need to be on a level playing field with their peers. Once given these appropriate accommodations, both you and your child may begin to see what they are capable of. This is so important because this is when they start to see their own strengths. Many neurodiverse children struggle with low self-esteem because of all of the corrections and criticism they receive, so opportunities for them to shine are imperative.
This new information provides an opportunity for adults in the child's life to educate themselves so they can better understand the child's unique needs, challenges, and strengths. Seek evidence-based information on your child's neurodivergence and learn about how to best support them. We have a blog post with book and podcast recommendations, as well as some related blog posts below, if you're looking for a good place to start.
New information provides an opportunity for adults in a child's life to educate themselves so they can better understand that child's unique needs, challenges, and strengths. Seek evidence-based information on your child's neurodivergence and learn about how to best support them. We have a blog post with book and podcast recommendations if you're looking for a good place to start.