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Medical doctors, nurse practitioners, private psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and School Psychologists are able to diagnose the disorder. Medication assessment and prescriptions are the exclusive role of a qualified physician. While classroom teachers tend to be familiar with ADHD because they are trained to make educational accommodations for students, they are not clinicians and therefore are not trained to formally diagnose the disorder.
They are, however, perfectly positioned to make a referral for services to parents and school psychologists based upon their observations and experience. Because there are other behavioral disorders that mimic the symptoms of ADHD, a professional trained in this specialty area can best discern patterns of symptoms and make a proper diagnosis.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|