If you suspect you may have AD/HD or another learning difference, a trained, licensed psychologist can formally assess your history and current situation. This assessment is called a psycho-educational evaluation and includes IQ, academic and attention testing. Testing can be time-consuming and often is divided into several sessions. The psychologist will analyze your test results to identify strengths, weaknesses and patterns in cognitive functioning as well as possible disabilities, and share these results with you in a written report. Results of a psycho-educational evaluation is often necessary when seeking accommodations through UNC’s Accessibility Resources & Service, and when seeking medication for ADHD at Student Health.
Psychoeducational evaluations are often costly. North Carolina residents on financial aid may qualify for scholarship funding to pay for an evaluation. To find out if you qualify, schedule an appointment with one of the following departments/staff members at the university:
- Accessibility Resources & Service (ARS): Viviane Ackall or Simon Bloor. 919-962-8300, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): If you are a first-time user of CAPS, you must first 'walk-in' for an initial appointment. If you are not a first-time user and have completed a 'walk-in' appointment within the PAST MONTH schedule an appointment by emailing email@example.com.
- The Learning Center: Kristen Rademacher. Appointments are made online at http://learningcenter.unc.edu
If you do not qualify for a scholarship, ask the Office of Scholarships and Aid about a loan (for the purpose of getting tested). Also, shop around. Some evaluators offer sliding scales based on your ability to pay, and some file insurance. CAPS has a list of local evaluators here.