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ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis
ADHD is a developmental disorder
ADHD is a ‘neurodevelopmental’ disorder (brain development disorder), which can affect a number of areas of brain function. It is not a sign of low intelligence. With understanding, care and medical treatment people with ADHD can be successfully supported to overcome these difficulties. Children and Adults with ADHD experience difficulties with:● Inattention – having difficulty concentrating, forgetting instructions, moving from one task to another without completing anything
Impulsivity – such as talking over the top of others, having a ‘short fuse’, being accident prone
Overactivity – constant restlessness and fidgeting
Emotional regulation– when struggling with emotions
Social navigation– when finding it difficult to build relationships
Sleep- poor sleep patternAll young children have a limited attention span and sometimes do things without thinking, but only a few of these children have ADHD.

ADHD Diagnosis

Your four-step Journey with Rainbow Medical

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Step 1. Initial Neurodiversity Screening (Part A) and feedback (Part B)
Part A involves a Pre-appointment Questionnaire for completion capturing developmental history, current symptoms, and concerns.

This is followed by Part B which involves an online or in-person appointment to discuss the results of the screening questionnaires and to gather some other.

Relevant information, as:

  • Personal details: Name, age, contact information, and the primary language spoken.
  • Medical history: Any previous diagnoses, current medications, or relevant family medical history.
  • Developmental history: Milestones, early childhood behaviour, school reports, etc.
  • Current concerns: Specific behaviours or difficulties that prompted the need for evaluation.

At the end of the screening appointment, we will:

  • Provide immediate feedback, if possible.
  • Recommend further evaluation or refer specialists for additional assessments (e.g., speech-language pathology, occupational therapy).
  • Discuss the need for a GP referral if medication is going to be needed.
  • Discuss whether you should continue with the autism pathway or the ADHD pathway. At some point, we may also have a combined pathway, where you will decide which pathway you would prefer to follow.

Step 2- DIVA assessment with a consultant

You will meet with a consultant/counsellor to complete a Diva assessment. The duration for completion of the assessment will be 90-120 minutes. This can be completed in one session or carried out in two sessions. When the assessment is complete, the information will be passed onto the psychiatrist/ consultant.

Step 3 – Meeting the Psychiatrist/ consultant.

Your appointment will take place in person face to face. You will be assessed by a consultant psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in mental health. The meeting will typically last 60 minutes. Please note that the role of our clinicians is solely to assess whether an ADHD diagnosis is present. It is not a therapy session.  In this time, your psychiatrist will undertake a structured medical assessment of your mental health and take a full psychiatric history.  Your psychiatrist will then discuss with you what they think your diagnosis is. Additionally, your psychiatrist may need further information or investigations before they can offer a diagnosis. You will receive a written report for your diagnosis stating the findings. After diagnosis, your psychiatrist will discuss the recommended treatment and support you can access.

Step 4 Diagnoses and aftercare support

You will attend a final appointment with a consultant to discuss the aftercare support we can offer you and the options you have with treatment. Several treatments can successfully manage symptoms of ADHD, ranging from behavioural intervention to prescription medication. Medication can be very effective, but psychotherapeutic interventions may also help. A medication pathway will only be discussed with the consultant psychiatrist not a counsellor. You will also be offered group therapy for adults, children, and parents on managing ADHD.

How Much Does The Private ADHD Assessment Cost?

Costings are in two parts.

  • Screening and two appointments with a consultant/counsellor £300
  • Diva assessment. Consultant Psychiatrist meeting and diagnosis with a report. Aftercare support £1200
Total cost for package £1500
Single Assessment Pathway – Assessment & Diagnosis for ADHD and Autism 
Cost for Single Assessment Pathway £2750

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