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ADHD Test: UnRitalin Solution Testing Protocol

The UnRitalin Solution offers a unique and personalized approach to treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In order to benefit from our customized treatment plans, each child needs to undergo a comprehensive evaluation. 

As you probably already know, ADHD is a developmental disorder characterized by chronic hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.  However, ADHD encompasses far more than these three main symptoms, and diagnosing the disorder is far more complicated than checking off symptoms from a list. Children with ADHD also suffer from many other health problems and co-morbid conditions like learning disorders, food allergies, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  These other conditions occur because there are myriad environmental factors and bodily imbalances that trigger ADHD, and there is no single test that can accurately identify all these potential causes.

For these reasons, we have developed a unique 7-level ADHD evaluation protocol that can precisely pinpoint your child's unique set of symptoms and problems.  ADHD testing is an important first step in designing a holistic, comprehensive treatment plan, and in identifying the problem areas to be addressed during treatment.    Here is how our evaluation process works.

Level 1: Interview with the parents

Parents are the best sources of information about a child's symptoms, health, family history, school functioning, and social functioning.  We use key indicator questions to gain important clues as to what may be causing the disorder.  During the interview, we also inquire about the parents' expectations, level of motivation, and financial possibilities.  The last two are particularly important because the UnRitalin Solution will require a high level of commitment, and because some of the advanced testing may not be reimbursed by insurances.

Level 2: Measuring behavior with scales

To objectively identify the behavioral problems plaguing your child, we use a scale called the Child Behavior Checklist, which is only used by health care professionals.

Level 3: Comprehensive neuropsychological testing

ADHD is a disorder that hinders a child's intellectual and emotional growth.  To identify the specific developmental problems of the child, we do a full neuropsychological exam that screens for learning disabilities and other disorders. 

Level 4: Objectifying attention and impulsivity

In order to be more objective in our evaluation, we use a continuous performance test called Test of Variables of Attention or TOVA. TOVA is a computer game that measures attention and impulsivity based on the child's response to auditory or visual stimuli. For more information, you can visit www.tovatest.com.

Level 5: Physical and neurological exam

The brain of a child with ADHD is riddled with subtle neurological differences, which can only be detected by a complete neurological exam. The exam includes posturography, cerebellar testing, and eye movement testing, and is best done by chiropractors with special training in functional neurology. If these tests do not give sufficient information, there are two other tests that may be able to help - QEEG testing and SPECT testing.  However, these tests should only be used as a last resort, since they are not readily available everywhere and are expensive to take.

Level 6: Basic lab work

Basic lab work or blood tests can reveal relevant information about your child's health or unmask other disorders that have the same symptoms as ADHD.  The lab work should contain a blood cell count, iron metabolism, and zinc testing. Sometimes we also ask for thyroid hormone testing, celiac disease screening, and blood lead levels.  Ask a doctor trained in nutrition,  environmental medicine and/or functional medicine to interpret the tests.

Level 7: Advanced functional medicine testing

Advanced functional medicine tests are designed to measure body functions and identify any nutritional and metabolic imbalances.  These tests are not commonly used in conventional medicine and are usually done by a holistic chiropractor, naturopath or holistic medical doctor.  Some of these advanced functional medicine tests include nutritional element testing, detoxification panels, testing for food allergies and intolerances, and testing for toxic elements.

Comprehensive ADHD testing is not cheap, and may cost up to thousands of dollars. However, we will not require your child to take each and every available test. At the parents' interview and clinical examination, we discern which types of ADHD tests can give us relevant and pertinent information, so you can avoid the financial burden of the more complex tests. Once the results are in, we will be ready to formulate a strategic treatment plan designed to help your child overcome ADHD naturally.