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Welcome to the Behavioral Assessment Clinic web site at Civitan-Sparks Clinics. This Clinic serves children and adolescents aged 5 to 18. Our clients are usually referred to us by their primary physician for evaluation of behavioral and/or academic problems. This clinic provides evaluation and treatment programs for a wide range of childhood disorders including ADHD and associated disorders such as ODD/CD or LD. Please visit our Appointments page for detailed information about our evaluation process and how to make appointments.

The Behavioral Assessment Clinic is staffed by the UAB Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics, with consultation from Nutrition, Social Work, and other disciplines as needed. This interdisciplinary evaluation process ensures that families receive the most comprehensive diagnosis possible including both medical and neurodevelopmental exams. Before patients are seen, comprehensive behavioral assessment data, medical and school records are obtained and reviewed.

The psychological evaluation consists of a semi-structured parent interview, cognitive and academic screening, behavior observation and ratings, and clinical assessment of impulsivity, inattention, and overactivity. Parents and children are interviewed, and social emotional functioning is assessed. Group social skills and parent training interventions, as well as individual therapy patients, are developed through this clinic. Follow-up visits for children being medically treated for ADHD are held in the afternoon until the treatments are well established. Implementation and compliance with other recommended interventions is assessed at this time.

ADHD Parent Support Group :  The ADHD Parent Support Group hosted by UAB Sparks Clinics meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Over the Mountain Psychological Services, 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 110, Birmingham, AL  35216.  Please note that childcare is NOT provided and make arrangements accordingly.  Please contact Desti Shepard, desnshep@uab.edu, for more information or to be added to the list serve to receive monthly reminder emails.  You can also visit our website at www.uab.edu/adhdparentsupport/.