WESTMONT COLLEGE

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES (ODS)

GUIDELINES AND PRACTICES FOR THE DOCUMENTATION AND ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION OF STUDENTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Preferred Documentation: A psycho-educational evaluation dated within the last three years AND a current ADHD documentation form or updated review of symptoms completed by clinician (within the last six months).

Acceptable Documentation: A professional diagnostic evaluation by qualified professional. (Learning DisabilityGuidelines) completed within the last three years. If documentation is inadequate in scope or content, or does not address the individual's current level of functioning and need for accommodations, reevaluation may be required.

Note: Tests of cognition, information processing and academic achievement which may not be part of the ADHD diagnostic process may be needed to determine appropriate accommodations and services for a student with ADHD. Therefore, it is recommended that educational testing be part of the evaluation process. Here is the link to information needed in a psycho-educational evaluation. Learning Disability

Disability Services professional staff reserve the right to request updated or supplemental documentation on a case-by-case basis, and may consult with other professionals, as appropriate, regarding the adequacy of a student’s documentation. An assessment for ADHD may include the following:

• Interviews and questionnaires which permit the student to describe current concerns and past problems;

• Interviews with significant people in the student's life (for example, parents, spouse, partner, or friends) and/or questionnaires filled out by these people;

• Observations of the student's behavior;

• Complete developmental, educational, and medical histories including specific statements concerning the effects of the student’s diagnosed ADHD in the past and any current functional limitations;

• The exact diagnosis and ADHD presentation (including secondary diagnoses and medical condition information), date of diagnosis, and specification of the diagnostic criteria on which the diagnosis was based (for example DSM- 5);

• An evaluation of the effectiveness of past and current medications prescribed for the ADHD symptoms, an evaluation of the effectiveness of behavioral interventions; and its effect on that student that must include any medication used by the student during the assessment process;

• A summary of assessment findings. If the student is found to have a disabling condition, the assessment summary must include a description of the current limitation (s) imposed by the disorder.

The ODS documentation form can assist with the practitioner and be used to record this information. ADHD Documentation

Who can provide documentation for ADHD?

Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of ADHD and making recommendations for accommodations must be qualified to do so. Comprehensive training and relevant experience in differential diagnosis and the full range of mental disorders are essential.

The following professionals would generally be considered qualified to evaluate and diagnose ADHD provided that they have comprehensive training in the differential diagnosis of ADHD and direct experience with an adolescent and/or adult ADHD population: licensed doctoral-level clinical, educational, or neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, or other professional with training and expertise in the diagnosis of mental disorders. Also appropriate may be diagnoses using a clinical team approach consisting of a variety of educational, medical, and counseling professionals with training in the evaluation of ADHD in adolescents and adults.

The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator – including information about license or certification as well as employment, and state or province in which the individual practices should be clearly stated in the documentation. All reports should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and otherwise legible. If using documentation form please include this information on the form.