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Private ADHD assessments and treatment for children and young people

Pricing

Dr Doerry and Dr Deepak both provide ADHD Assessment at MUMS Clinic for children aged 5-17yrs.

ADHD Assessment - Dr Ursula Doerry £950
ADHD Assessment - Dr Deepak Parasuraman £950
ADHD Starting Medication Consultations £230
ADHD Second Opinion and Review £550
ADHD Additional Letter Fee £25
QB Check £225

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

MUMS Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Dr Ursula Doerry and MUMS Consultant Paediatrician – Dr Deepak Parasuraman offer assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD to patients aged 5-17yrs.

MUMS – has been an established, reliable, and trusted private healthcare provider in the Midlands for over two decades. Our Consultants offer discretion and compassion and a truly holistic and comprehensive ADHD assessment, diagnosis and treatment service including follow up and shared care where needed.

ADHD is a common childhood disorder, that can cause significant impairment of functioning. Unfortunately, it is frequently missed, especially in girls. Having the diagnosis can lead to better understanding of the young person and opens the possibility of treatment.

Both Dr Doerry and Dr Deepak have a particular interest in neuro-developmental disorders like autism (ASD) and ADHD.

Assessments are comprehensive and holistic.

Please note that a diagnosis of ADHD does not automatically guarantee any additional support for your child at school.

To make a diagnosis, symptoms need to be present in 2 settings, usually home and school. We therefore ask you to complete some questionnaires and return them at least 1 week before the appointment. This information will be reviewed prior to the appointment and is an essential part of the diagnostic process.

The initial assessment appointment usually lasts about 90 minutes and both the parent(s) and child need to be present. You will be seen together, but usually the young person is also seen on their own. At the end of this initial appointment, it is usually possible to conclude whether a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate. In addition, a formulation of wider factors that influence the way the young person presents, will be discussed. Following the appointment, a detailed assessment letter will be sent to the family and copied to the GP. If a diagnosis is made and the family request this, information about medication options will be sent to the family. This can be then discussed in detail in a follow up appointment, where medication can be initiated if appropriate.

ADHD 

ADHD is a condition that affects the ability to concentrate and focus, as well as leading to restlessness and impulsivity. It is usually a lifelong condition and symptoms should be noticeable before the age of 12. However, it is frequently missed especially if hyperactivity symptoms are not prominent. In this case it is called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD is more common in girls.

Children and young people with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate for longer periods of time and will often need 1:1 help to complete tasks. They get distracted easily and will often go from one activity to another without completing them. They may need prompting as they are forgetful in daily activities. They avoid tasks that need concentration, for example homework, more than their peers.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms include fidgeting, running around and finding it difficult to stay in a seat, getting into dangerous situations without considering the consequences, finding it difficult to wait and talking a lot.

ADHD is associated with other neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and specific learning problems like dyslexia.

ADHD can also be a contributing factor to other behavioural problems like oppositional defiant disorder. Children and young people with ADHD often struggle at school socially and academically. Self-esteem is often low and mental health problems like anxiety and depression can develop consequently.

 

MUMS comprehensive guide below outlines everything you need to know about getting assessed for ADHD, including what to expect at each step of the assessment process.

 

Process and fees For ADHD assessment and treatment:

ADHD Clinical Assessments £950

A £450 deposit is required to secure the assessment.

After the deposit of £450 is paid you will be sent the questionnaires. We require the questionnaires to be returned at least one week before the ADHD Initial Assessment for Dr Doerry or Dr Deepak to be able to complete the assessment.

If you cancel after the forms have been reviewed by the consultant and give MUMS at least 24 hours’ notice of the time of your appointment, you will receive £250 of your deposit back.

If you cancel before the forms have been reviewed and with at least a week’s notice a full refund is given. 

The balance is payable on arrival for the Assessment.

ADHD Starting Medication Consultations £230.00

ADHD treatment:
If a diagnosis of ADHD is made you may want to consider medication treatment. This can also be arranged at MUMS – please click this link for further details.  

QB check

This uses computerised tasks to assess concentration, movement and impulsivity using age- and gender-matched comparisons. A QB check test is increasingly used by NHS Trusts to aid with the assessment of ADHD. It is not required to make a diagnosis, but we offer it at MUMS to increase the robustness of the diagnosis. We may also recommend it as an additional tool if there is clinical uncertainty. You can book it prior to the ADHD assessment if you wish.

ADHD – Second Opinions and Reviews

We offer a comprehensive review of a diagnosis made elsewhere – other than MUMS Solihull and supportive management, advice plan and treatment tailored to your child's needs. 

The assessment will be as per DSM-V Criteria and treatment advice/plans adhere to NICE guidance.

This option is for you if your child has received an ADHD diagnosis from another provider in the past and you are now seeking to manage the condition with medications. This option is for your child if their behaviour profile has changed or is more evidently affecting their function, since a previous assessment. 

This would include:

  • A review of behaviours and features from both home and school environment.
  • A review of the previous assessment report
  • A 1-hour unrushed appointment to review the diagnosis, core symptoms, physical review of the child and discuss treatment options

If after review, if the core symptoms are found to be affecting their functioning, then medication can be prescribed at this first appointment.

 

In the first instance we request the report from the previous assessor and any forms completed by teachers and parents.

Dr Deepak will review the information sent – this costs £100 

If Dr Deepak feels that a 2nd opinion is appropriate, we will organise this. The cost of a 2nd opinion is £550 including prescribing.

It might be necessary to seek further information either by way of a school observation or a QB check. These would bear additional costs as below:

  • Cost of QB Check £225
  • Cost of School Observation £200

 

We have ample parking, great reviews – call us today on 0121 704 2669 or send and enquiry. You can email us too – administrator@mums.me.uk

For more information on ADHD please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/

Does MUMS offer urgent mental health services?

Please note that MUMS do not provide emergency or crisis care.

If you need urgent help, please call 111.

If you feel there is an immediate risk to your child or others, please call 999.

Other related services at MUMS

Miss Hema Patel – Child Psychotherapist and Child Counsellor compliments Dr Doerry’s and Dr Deepak’s ADHD Assessment and Treatment Service.

MUMS also offers Learning, Behaviour and SEN Support Services for children, young people, and their families. This service offers independent, professional advocacy helping families through all aspects of additional and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process.

 

FAQs

Why should I choose MUMS for my son or daughter to be assessed for ADHD?

You'll learn about the key components involved in an ADHD diagnosis, like interviews, questionnaires, testing, analysis, and follow-up care. You'll be choosing the right professional to perform accurate ADHD testing and receive ongoing treatment.

Tell me more about the process for ADHD Assessments

An ADHD assessment is an important process to accurately diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It typically involves multiple appointments with MUMS ADHD specialist.

An initial appointment often lasts 1-2 hours and covers a detailed history and questionnaires about past and current ADHD symptoms.

Assessments aim to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms and identify any co-occurring conditions

Getting an accurate ADHD diagnosis is key before exploring treatment options

How can I get my child assessed for evaluated for ADHD near me?

Getting evaluated for ADHD typically involves an assessment by a qualified mental health professional. MUMS Solihull offers a Consultant Paediatrician and Consultant Psychiatrist led service where we make it clear what you can expect during the assessment process.

The evaluation will start with a consultation, history taking, form review to identify behaviours that have been present since childhood. You'll be asked about:

  • Symptoms that fit ADHD criteria
  • Childhood symptoms and struggles with focus, organization, forgetfulness
  • Family history of ADHD or related conditions
  • Performance in school

What does untreated ADHD look like?

Untreated ADHD can significantly impact day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Here are some common signs and symptoms:

  • Mood Swings
  • Adults with untreated ADHD often struggle with emotional dysregulation, leading to sudden and frequent mood swings.
  • They may feel emotions more intensely and have difficulty controlling emotional outbursts.
  • This emotional volatility can strain interpersonal relationships.

Disorganisation

  • Adults with untreated ADHD frequently struggle with executive functioning skills like organisation, time management, and planning.
  • As a result, they may chronically lose or misplace items, miss appointments and deadlines, and feel overwhelmed by tasks and responsibilities.
  • This disorganisation can negatively impact their ability to succeed at work, manage finances, and more.

Impulsivity

  • Impulsive behaviours are common for those with untreated ADHD.
  • This could include issues like overspending, overeating, substance misuse, inappropriate social interactions, and risk-taking behaviours.
  • Impulsivity can sabotage relationships, finances, health, and long-term goals.

Getting an accurate ADHD diagnosis and pursuing evidence-based treatment is crucial for managing symptoms, improving functioning, and enhancing overall wellbeing.

Choosing the Right Professional for ADHD Testing Near Me

Selecting the right healthcare professional to conduct an ADHD assessment is crucial for obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

How can I understand Long-Term Outcomes and Treatment of ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often persists into adulthood and can have long-term impacts across multiple areas of life. Ongoing treatment and management of ADHD symptoms is crucial for improving outcomes over time.

ADHD and Long-Term Outcomes

ADHD symptoms frequently continue from childhood through the teenage years and into adulthood, with around 50-65% of children with ADHD experiencing symptoms as adults. This can affect academic achievement, work performance, relationships, substance abuse risk, and mental health.

Adults with untreated ADHD are more likely to experience problems such as unemployment, lower socioeconomic status, legal issues, traffic accidents, difficulties maintaining relationships, and mood or anxiety disorders.

Seeking diagnosis and following treatment plans can help mitigate these potential long-term consequences.

Treatment Options and ADHD Management

Effective treatments for ADHD include medications, behavioural interventions, education, skills training, and counselling. Combining multiple approaches is often most beneficial.

Medications such as stimulants and non-stimulants can help relieve core ADHD symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Their effects and dosage may need to be monitored and adjusted over time.

Behavioural therapies help develop organisational, time management and coping skills. They include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and more.

Can ADHD Cause Sleep Disorders?

  • Sleep disorders occur more frequently with ADHD, including insomnia, sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome and delayed sleep phase disorder.
  • Diagnosing and treating co-existing sleep disorders is important because poor sleep can exacerbate ADHD symptoms while properly treating sleep issues can relieve them.
  • Sleep studies may be recommended and lifestyle changes like limiting screen time before bed, following a regular sleep routine, avoiding caffeine late in the day, and making the bedroom environment optimal for sleep can help.
  • If underlying sleep disorders are diagnosed, targeted treatment plans can be created which may include therapy, medications, or devices like CPAP machines.
  • Managing both ADHD and any sleep disorders in parallel with integrated treatment approaches can improve outcomes for both conditions long-term.