T.O.V.A (Attention Deficit Disorder Testing)
T.O.V.A. stands for "Test of Variables of Attention."
The T.O.V.A. test is an easily administered, visual, continuous
performance test designed for use in the diagnosis and monitoring
of medication of children and adults with attention deficit disorders.
This non-language based, fixed-interval, computerized test has three
parts to it. The total time needed for this test is approximately
two and one half hours.
You or your child will participate in a pre-test that will last
approximately 30 minutes. At the completion of the pretest, you
or your child may be administered a prescribed dosage of Ritalin
(as recommended by your doctor). There will then be a 90-minute
break, during which time the patient is free to leave the office.
The patient will return for the post-test that again will take approximately
30 minutes. Your doctor will review with you the results of the
test at your next visit.
To prepare for the test:
- The patient should not take their prescribed Ritalin or
Adderall the day of the test.
- The patient should not take any cold/flu medications on the
day of the test, unless prescribed by your doctor. Please call
the day before the test if your child is on prescribed medications
for a cold, flu, or other viruses.
- If the patient is having fasting lab work earlier in the day,
please bring a snack so the medication is not taken on an empty