Developing a Management Plan

Questions for Parents/Caregivers of a Child or Teenager With ADHD

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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?