ADHD

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is a common chronic illness in children.  Most children do have times when their behavior is challenging.  They may not concentrate on the task at hand, become distracted, talk out of turn, fidget, or be in constant motion.  However, for some children, this is an every day occurence that occurs at school and at home.  Children with attetion-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have behavior problems that are so frequent and severe that they interfere with their ability to live normal lives.

At Jeffers, Mann and Artman Pediatrics we have an ADHD Program to help these children, teenagers and their parents manage their symptoms.  As a parent you play an important role in providing treatment so your child can be successful. 

Check out these Patient Handouts to learn more about how ADHD is diagnosed and treated. 

What is ADHD?
Your ADHD Program
Tips for Children with ADHD

If your child has not yet been diagnosed with ADHD, but is inattentive and needs an evaluation, please follow the steps below prior to scheduling an ADHD appointment.  

  1. Parent letter (please read prior to scheduling appt ): Link to parent letter
  2. Parent Vanderbilt Assessment forms (to be completed by parents) prior to visit on CHADIS website.  If you are new to the CHADIS website, you will need to set up account.  The invitation code is:  9197865001.  Once your account is set up and you are logged in, select the "Attention/Learing Issues" category to complete the appropriate forms. 
  3. Teacher Vanderbilt Assessment forms (to be completed by at least 2 teachers who know how you child behaves in classroom) prior to visit.  (Teachers can also register and complete these forms on CHADIS website.)
  4. We can best help you and your child if your child has been evaluated by a licensed Psychologist prior to your visit with our office.  Link to list of licensed psychologists who evaluate children for ADHD.

Parent and teacher Vanderbilt forms can also be printed, completed and faxed to our office prior to your child\'s visit if necessary.  Vanderbilt Parental Informant Form      Vanderbilt Teacher Informant Form  

If your child has already been diagnosed with Inattentive or Hyperactive type ADHD, we recommend comprehensive ADHD evaluations every six months (in addtion to yearly well child check-ups).  This includes the following:   

  1. Reassessment of Vanderbilt Scores by parents. If there are ongoing school concerns, Vanderbilt Scores from Teachers may also be helpful.  Please log on to the CHADIS website and complete the following forms prior to your visit.  If you are a "new user", you will need to set up your account.  The invitation code is :  9197865001.  Once our account is set up and you are logged in, select the "Attention/Learning Issues Follow-up" category to complete the appropriate (If you are unable to complete the forms on line, you can print, complete and fax the forms to our office prior to your visit.)  
             Parent Vanderbilt Follow-up Form 
             Teacher Vanderbilt Follow-up Form
  2. Medication updates or changes if necessary
  3. Screening for medication side-effects
  4. Evaluation for disorders which sometimes occur in children with ADHD – depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviors, obsessive or compulsive behaviors

Please visit the following links for more ADHD information. www.chadd.org Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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