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The AAP recommends that physicians periodically provide systematic follow-up for your child. You can help structure each visit so that you and your physician can include as many of the following steps as possible.

  1. Discuss and review your own observations of your child, his most recent teachers’ reports, and the results of any rating scales completed since the last visit.
  2. Share information about the target behaviors and how they might have changed since the last visit.
  3. Review the plan agenda, the target behaviors, and the current methods of treatment.
  4. Screen for new coexisting conditions.
  5. If your child is taking medication, review any possible side effects.
  6. Review your child’s functioning at home, including his behavior and his family relationships.
  7. Review your child’s functioning at school, especially relating to academics, behavior, and social interaction. Make sure that some information is obtained directly from your child’s teacher (particularly important before changing any medication dose).
  8. Discuss your child’s self-esteem, and review his behavioral, social, and academic self-management issues.
  9. Assess and supplement your child’s understanding of ADHD, coexisting conditions, and treatment as appropriate for his age.
  10. Discuss any current problems relating to organizational skills, study skills, homework management, self-management skills, anger management, etc.
  11. Make sure that you get all the information you need to enable you and your child to make informed decisions that promote his long-term health and well-being.
  12. Review and revise your child’s treatment plan.
  13. Make sure that there is a system in place for communication among you, your child, his teacher, and the clinician between visits.

 

Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.