Does your child have ADHD?

Symptoms of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Jayne Matthews Hopson | 5/16/2014, 10:23 a.m.
Education Matters began a series of articles on special education with a list of some signs and symptoms of learning ...

The CDC makes the following recommendations for the diagnosis and evaluation of ADHD:

•The primary care clinician should provide initiate an evaluation for ADHD for any child 4 through 18 years of age who shows presents with academic or behavioral problems and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity.

•The primary care clinician should include reports from parents or guardians, teachers, and/or other school and mental health clinicians involved in the child’s care. The primary care clinician should also rule out any other possible cause.

• When evaluating a child for ADHD, the primary care clinician should assess whether other conditions are present that might coexist with ADHD, including emotional or behavioral (for example anxiety, depressive, oppositional defiant, and conduct disorders), developmental (including learning and language disorders or other neurodevelopmental disorders), and physical (for example tics, sleep apnea) conditions.

•The primary care clinician should recognize ADHD as a chronic condition and, therefore, consider children and adolescents with ADHD as children and youth with special health care needs. Care for such children and youth, should follow the principles of the chronic care model and the medical home.

Next week: ADHD treatment.

Jayne Matthews Hopson writes about education matters because “only the educated are free.”