Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers announced a new attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) testing approach for its Waukesha location.

Thanks to a grant from the Waukesha Community Foundation, Sixteenth Street obtained software equipment and provider training for onsite diagnosis for both children and adults using the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.) method.

“We’re very excited to offer this service because we’ve discovered there’s a real scarcity of resources in Waukesha County to assess for and treat ADHD,” said Clinic Manager Kerri Ackerman.

T.O.V.A. objectively measures the key components of attention and self-control: variability, response time, impulsivity, focus and vigilance. The method uses two different components – visual and auditory. Unlike other tests, the T.O.V.A provides information not available through self-report or the reports of others and can be observed directly by the clinician during its administration and/or by looking at the results. It helps the clinic reduce testing wait times for patients, and provides information about reducing medication reliance.

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