Developing a Management Plan
Questions for Parents/Caregivers of a Child or Teenager With ADHD
When meeting with the family of a child or teenager with ADHD after the diagnosis has been established, it is important to understand where the family currently is within the symptom management process.
Consider the following:
- Has the patient accepted the diagnosis?
- Have the parents or caregivers accepted the diagnosis?
- What education about ADHD and its management have the patient and the family received?
- Is the patient currently taking any medication for ADHD?
- Is the medication effective at controlling the patient's ADHD symptoms? Are there any side effects?
- Does the patient or family have any concerns/questions about medication, side effects, or dosage? If so, have they discussed these concerns or questions with the prescribing physician?
- What psychosocial therapy for ADHD has the patient received?
- What steps has the family taken at home to manage ADHD behaviors?
- Has the parent or caregiver talked to the child's teacher(s) and/or school administrators about the diagnosis and any plans to help manage the disorder?
- Is the parent or caregiver aware of the educational resources for which the child may qualify?
- Have the patient's parents, caregivers, or any other family member been diagnosed with ADHD?
- Is the parent or caregiver in need of emotional or social support? If so, does he or she have access to such support?