Clinical assessment of preschoolers: Special precautions

Laurie Miller Brotman, Kathleen Kiely Gouley

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The clinical assessment of preschoolers poses several challenges. These challenges relate primarily to the evaluation of symptoms relative to behavior considered to be within the normal range, understanding symptoms relative to the child’s developmental status, and the assessment of functional impairment for children who are not in school and have limited social encounters outside of the family. These issues are exacerbated by the limited developmentally informed clinical research in preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Additionally, clinicians must consider differential diagnosis with other disorders of early childhood, including oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), speech and language disorders, and developmental disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Controversies, New Directions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781420017144
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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