Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Screening FAQ

What is an ADHD screening?

An ADHD Screening is an assessment interview conducted by a mental health clinician who has significant training and experience in diagnosing Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults. The purpose of an ADHD Screening is to evaluate psychological symptoms that may be present and whether these are affecting a student’s learning and/or academic difficulties. An ADHD Screening can be a helpful first step in determining the reason why a student may be experiencing academic difficulties. A referral for additional assessment will be made by the clinician if necessary to clarify the diagnosis.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for an ADHD Screening?

Adults who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder generally report problems with one or more of the following symptoms: a) inattention and distractibility, b) significant problems with time management, organization and procrastination and/or c) impulsivity and hyperactivity. These symptoms have typically been present since childhood rather than beginning in high school or college. These symptoms often affect academic performance and concerns about coursework are frequently one of the reasons that students decide to be evaluated for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Who provides ADHD Screenings on campus?

ADHD Screenings are provided by clinicians at the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) and the Counseling Center. All ADHD Screenings on campus are coordinated by DRES.  

How do I make an ADHD Screening appointment?

To begin the process of screening , please go go to this page on the DRES site and provide the information requested.

Where will I be referred if psychological testing is necessary?

After your screening, if additional psychological testing is recommended, you will be provided referral options in the Champaign-Urbana community, St. Louis and/or the Chicago metro area. The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services also provides some diagnostic testing for students who have had no previous diagnostic testing.

What are the fees for ADHD Screenings?

There are no fees associated with ADHD Screenings or psychological testing services provided on campus, but there will be fees associated with any assessments that are provided off-campus. It is recommended that you review your insurance policy and consult with providers prior to scheduling an assessment in the community. 

Will I need to provide documentation to register for services at the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services?

Students are required to provide documentation from a mental health or medical provider to obtain disability-related accommodations and services through DRES. These services include academic skills training, case management, and coaching to assist with time management and organization. The documentation requirements are located here.

What kind of services are available to help me succeed academically if I am diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

DRES coordinates academic accommodation and services provided to students who are diagnosed with ADHD. A referral to the McKinley Health Center for a medication consultation is frequently recommended for treatment of symptoms associated with ADHD. In addition, individual counseling, group counseling and/or coaching can be effective treatments for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling as well as the “In Focus” workshops for students who have difficulties with inattention, time management, and organization.