We offer a variety of assessment services, including:
At the Nelson Clinic, we can undertake a comprehensive assessment of adults to address questions about the existence of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that typically begins in childhood and involves psychological and behavioral features that can negatively affect all aspects of life including school/work and our relationships with others. Appropriate diagnosis involves identifying the symptoms, understanding how the symptoms are manifested in the person’s life, and excluding other conditions that may look like ADHD. The diagnostic process includes gathering information about the person and learning about how they function in key roles including school/work and at home.
To assess for ADD/ADHD, information gathered includes:
- Developmental History
- Educational History
- Family History
Observation and the use of psychological tests and questionnaires are also important in determining if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
Assessments are currently being conducted via phone/video as the assessor is outside of New Zealand due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
If you are under 18, we recommend contacting Dr Garth Smith | Paediatrician to conduct the assessment face-to-face.
The Nelson Clinic can provide psychological testing to meet the needs of a wide range of referral questions. Clients may need psychometric assessment for a particular agency, employer, or for their own self-knowledge. Testing can be used to clarfiy diagnostic questions and can be used to increase and person's understand of themselves and factors that affect their thought, feelings and behaviours. Psychological assessments are also routinely provided in treatment planning, medico-legal process, ACC-related capacity assessments, ACC mental injury claims, and sensitive claims-related supported assessments. We do not provide Family Court assessment reports, though some of our contracted clinical psychologists may be available to do so in their independent practises.
Neuropsychological Consultation and Intervention Services
Difficulties with brain functioning often impact patients, their families, and performance in work, leisure, and educational environments.
Clinical neuropsychologists can work with patients and families to address a variety of needs including:
- Developing strategies to approach demands at home, work, and school that takes advantage of a person’s strengths.
- Providing treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, challenging behavioral changes, and relationship distress – especially for those who experience cognitive difficulties (e.g., memory impairment) that may make traditional therapy challenging.
- Consulting with teachers and employers to inform academic and vocational planning.
- Implementing programs to manage fatigue and other symptoms – to promote rehabilitation and recovery.