Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a persistent pattern of inattention
and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe
than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development. The
manifestations of AD/HD result in functional impairment in at least two settings (e.g.,
academic, occupational, social). The diagnosis of AD/HD is based on the following
specific criteria included in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.
documentation guidelines for AD/HD include:
- General documentation guidelines listed in Appendix D of the USG Academic & Student Affairs Handbook.
- Diagnosis and corresponding code from the most recent DSM must be included.
- Assessment of the following diagnostic criteria is required and evaluation results
must be included in the documentation:
- Developmental history of either inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms
during childhood. The specific symptoms that were present in childhood should be stated
in the documentation. Corroboration of childhood symptoms should be included, and
may need to be gathered from a variety of possible data sources (e.g., parent/guardian
report, school records, past evaluations). Evidence that these symptoms were associated
with some functional impairment in home and/or school settings also must be included.
- Current symptoms of either inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be present.
The specific symptoms that are present should be stated in the documentation. Self-reported
current symptoms should be corroborated by an independent informant who has been able
to observe the student's recent functioning with adequate regularity to provide this
type of information. Evidence that these symptoms are associated with functional impairment
in academic, occupational, and/or social settings also must be included.
- The frequency/severity of both childhood and current AD/HD symptoms should be documented
by comparison to individuals at a similar level of development. Documentation must
include the results of standardized rating scales that provide comparison to age-based
AD/HD Criteria for Health Professional
Learn more about documentation requirements on the Disability Services page.