I'm helping my lovely friend (non-Mumsnetter!) to help her DS16 to get privately assessed for ADHD. His teachers have got him onto the CAMHS waiting list, but it's so long, and this being his GCSE and college application year the confirmed diagnosis is urgently needed to get him the support and adjustments he needs. But it's such an overwhelming area to research for a newbie!
I'd massively appreciate any help from Mumsnetters wise to this area:
- organisations you recommend using for private ADHD assessment
- does his school need to pre-approve the assessment organisation to make sure they would accept the diagnosis?
- is there anything else we would need to do in advance eg GP approval, to make it run smoothly afterwards
- are there any ways to make this as cost-effective as possible, especially if medication is needed (but still quick!)?
- any other advice?
Thanks SO much..!