The initial consult for ADHD can be somewhat scary, but an important step in helping your child. Do not be surprised if your pediatrician seems to rely much more on the reports you complete with teachers than on her own observation of your child. Children with ADHD do not necessarily exhibit symptoms of the disorder while in the doctor’s office, so she will not expect to see them. Keep in mind that ADHD, an attentional disorder, usually manifests itself in routine or monotonous situations, and visits to the doctor’s office tend to be stimulating and outside of a child’s usual routines. A physical examination will also be performed looking for signs of medical conditions that can be associated with symptoms of ADHD or conditions that affect the prescribing of medications.
Below you will find forms useful in assessing ADHD as well as in the management of your child with ADHD. In meeting with the doctor for the first time, we will only schedule a consultation once the teacher and parent Vanderbilt forms are completed.
We have put together a list of publications and resources you will find helpful as you navigate the possibility that your child has ADHD. Click here for this handout!
To date, medication and behavioral therapy provide the best options available for effectively treating ADHD. Click here for more information on other therapies and what current research shows.