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Documenting ADD/ADHD

Guidelines for Documenting Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

Documentation should be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional/service provider describing the diagnosis. The provider must be a professional such as psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologist, or other medically trained doctor who is qualified to diagnose and treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD).  Please note that the provider cannot be a family member of the student submitting documentation.

Documentation should include:

1.      Documentation should be comprehensive

2.      Diagnostic interview and relevant testing

The diagnostic interview should include, non-exclusively, the following:

Neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment is required and is important in determining the impact on an individual’s current ability to function in academically related settings.  The evaluation report should determine the following:

Please note the following by themselves do not substantiate the diagnosis of ADHD:

3.      Evaluation/testing should provide a clear and specific diagnosis of ADHD

An identification of DSM ADHD criteria should include a description of symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity or inattention causing impairment throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood (to the present) in two or more settings, and how the current symptoms are an impairment in social, academic, and occupational settings.  The current symptoms must be present for at least the past six months.

The presence of a dual diagnosis should be ruled out, as well as educational and cultural factors affecting the individual.

4.      An interpretative summary should be provided

An interpretative summary based on a comprehensive evaluative process may include:

5.      Rationale for recommendations for academic accommodations should be provided. Please include:

Suggested recommendations for specific academic and/or other accommodations is requested.  The documentation should provide rationale that supports the type(s) of accommodation(s) being requested that are based on the individual’s present level of functioning in the educational setting.  

Documentation should be submitted to Services for Students with Disabilities via fax, mail, or in-person to the SSWD office. The cost of obtaining professional verification is the responsibility of the student.


Services for Students with Disabilities
Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3700 · Fax: 773.508.3810
TTY: 773.508.2771

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