My Child Might Have ADHD. What are my Options to get a Diagnosis?

As I was growing up, I always knew there was something different about me than the other kids in class. I used to wonder how it could be so easy for them to pay attention – to stay focused and to keep their emotions under control so well. Why was I the only one to be sent to the principal’s office?

It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I received a diagnosis of what I had suspected for years. Why didn’t I get diagnosed earlier? Partly because I didn’t see the benefit of it, but also because I wasn’t sure how to do it.

Some of you who are parents might notice some behaviors in your child that might be ADHD, but you’re just not sure. What are your options for getting answers? Here are three of the most common options to obtain a diagnosis:

Level II Psychological Evaluation

A level II psychological evaluation is the most comprehensive option and is completed by a licensed psychologist. The evaluation can typically last four to eight hours and cost between $400 and $1,000. The evaluation is made up of client history, psychological testing (academic, intelligence, emotional, and/or behavioral) and recommendations for treatment and accommodation. Each psychologist has his/her own style of writing and choice of testing instruments he/she uses.

Pros: More thorough than other options. Can provide further insight and diagnoses of other learning disabilities or mental illnesses. Psychologist can proceed with counseling sessions.

Cons: More expensive and time consuming than other options.

Counselor/Mental Health Professional

Fairly recently, mental health professionals have been given the power to provide diagnosis of a limited number of disabilities. Specifically, they can diagnose disabilities that don’t require the administration of psychological assessments (typically require a doctorate to administer.) Official titles differ based on state licensing agency, but consist of a licensed counselor or social worker. A first session can vary in price from $75 to $150.

Pros: Lower cost. Less time required. Professional can proceed with counseling sessions.

Cons: Doesn’t provide a thorough assessment. Some unknown disabilities will not be detected.

Family Doctor

The third option is to meet with your family doctor and discuss your concerns with him/her. The doctor will run through a series of questions, and if your responses show a sufficient number of qualifying characteristics, he/she can provide you with a diagnosis and advice. Price varies by doctor.

Pros: Lower cost. Less time required. Family doctor might have an existing relationship.

Cons: Doesn’t provide a thorough assessment. Some unknown disabilities will not be detected.


Crossinology Brain Integration is less concerned about the label of a diagnosis, but more about addressing the symptoms and characteristics that typically accompany ADD and ADHD. For a quick list of some of the things Crossinology can address, click here.