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Guideline for ADHD

Your doctor or therapist said that your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This information can help you understand and follow your child’s treatment. This does not give you the exact treatment for every child, but gives you an idea of what to expect.

  1. At your first visit, your doctor or therapist asks about medical, family, and school history. You and your child’s teacher may be given forms to fill out. Your doctor may want your child to have tests.
  2. Your child will need a plan. You and your doctor will decide on the next steps. You will get information about talk therapy and medicine from your doctor.
  3. Different medicines may help children with ADHD. Your doctor will explain the different medicines to you and help you understand how each one works.
  4. If medication is started, your child should have a return visit for medication management within 30 days of starting the medication and two additional visits within 9 months of the return visit.
  5. If the medicine doesn’t help in the first week, let your doctor know. Your doctor may send you to a child psychiatrist, who is a doctor that treats behavior conditions.
  6. If talk therapy is started, you will:
    • Talk about problems in your family
    • Talk about other problems with your child
    • Get information about how you can help your child
  7. Programs in addition to what is covered by insurance that might also help:
    • Parent support groups
    • Summer day programs for children
    • Social skills training for children
  8. If you don’t feel that you have a “connection” with your doctor/therapist by the second or third office visit, don’t give up or stop treatment. Talk with your doctor or therapist first. If you need to, call New Directions and we will use our information to try to give you a better match.

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