Most all children experience times when their behavior seems “out of control”. They may have difficulty paying attention or waiting their turn, or they may have trouble sitting still. For some children, however, these types of behaviors occur so frequently or are so severe that they disrupt their normal lives. These children may be diagnosed with a condition known as ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood”.
Our office is recognized nationally as an NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home with ADHD being one of our “Clinically Important Conditions”. Our providers at Wake Forest Pediatric Associates will discuss with you the types of treatments available for your child (i.e. behavior therapy, counseling, and/or medications). Please refer to the list at the bottom of this page of recommended psychiatrists and psychologists in the area that can perform the ADHD testing for your child. Our providers manage the medical treatment once the child has a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD.
Your child will need to have an appointment every 3-4 months for a Medication Check (“Med. Check”). If your child changes a medication or dosage, he/she may need to come in within 2-4 weeks as determined by the provider. We also recommend an annual physical examination in our office. If these appointments are not kept, prescriptions for your child’s medication will not be written until your child is seen by a provider. It is extremely important to your child’s continued health that we monitor how these medications affect your child’s behavior/mood, appetite, weight/height, sleep, blood pressure, heart rate, etc.
When your child comes in for a Medication Check, you/your child will be asked to complete a Self-Evaluation form which informs us of medication side effects, grades in school, and behaviors. You will also be asked to complete a Patient/Family History questionnaire at EACH visit. You may print these forms from our website or arrive a few minutes early to complete these forms.
Medications that are controlled substances will require a paper prescription that must be picked up and signed for in our office each month. Please call at least 72 hours in advance for prescription refills so your child does not run out of medication.
Our pediatricians look forward to partnering along with you to help your child lead a successful and happy life!
You may choose to print and complete the following forms prior to your child’s visit:
- Student Medication Self Evaluation
- ADHD Patient/Family History Questionnaire
- Daily School Report Card
You may find these educational handouts helpful: