Resources to recommend to a parent after making the diagnosis of ADHD

by: Daniel Wood, PA-C

Noah is a second grader who you recently diagnosed with ADHD combined type.  His parents are educated and involved parents and have questions about treatment options for Noah.  They have hesitation about starting on medication and worry about the short term and long term.  In addition, they wonder what resources are available to assist with behavioral strategies and finding support.

How would you answer their questions?

After making the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to a parent or parents you may sense some anxiety on what to recommend to the parents who likely have many questions themselves.

If the diagnosis was made by someone other than yourself, I would recommend obtaining records and diagnostic forms from a previous provider to have on file.  I have had instances where students entering college wanted me to sign off on athletic forms stating that I made the initial diagnosis or that I have records of the initial diagnosis.

Initially, I recommend to parents to let their child’s school know about the diagnosis because the school can provide academic accommodations and other necessary services.

Moreover, I recommend the child seek out the services of a behavioral psychologist. For many families who have an ADHD child at home, behavioral psychologists can be very helpful in suggesting strategies to manage children’s challenging behaviors and parenting strategies to deal help manage the child better.

It’s very easy for parents to feel overwhelmed with the diagnosis. I typically recommend that they read the book Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley.  Another great resource is CHADD (www.chadd.org), which is a support organization for families affected by ADHD.

See Daniel Wood, PA-C speak at the GAPA 2019 Conference in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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