Helpful Resources The National Institute of Mental Health
Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging. (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhd.cfm#readNow)
It is important for you as a parent to understand This Web site provides a detailed booklet that
the diagnosis in order to assist your child in coping describes ADHD and information on coping with
with his or her ADHD. It is also important that the diagnosis. The information is also available to
you make time to care for yourself. Here are some download.
resources that are available if you feel that you need
some help. One ADD Place Attention-Deficit/
This Web site offers information on ADHD and
What You Should Know
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent
Psychiatry various treatment options, and contains a resource ADHD
(http://www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/ library with related articles, papers, and references.
This Web site offers information for parents. It Open Directory Project
gives helpful information on ADHD and other child- (http://dmoz.org/Health/Mental_Health/Disorders/
hood issues, and it also provides links to sites that Child_and_Adolescent)
will offer information regarding medication, learning This Web site offers links to online support groups
disorders, and other helpful information. and chat groups. It also offers links to sites that
provide additional information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
National Institute of Mental Health
This Web site offers information on the diagnosis United States Department of Education
and treatment of ADHD along with tool kits and
Child Development & Parenting Information
This Web site provides information regarding sup-
port organizations and other resources for ADHD.
Children and Adults with Attention-
This Web site offers an ADHD support group as
well as information regarding ADHD.
705 Mt. Auburn Street
ces.htm) Watertown, MA 02472
This Web site offers information on ADHD, its symp-
toms, and treatment of the diagnosis. It also lists both Mental Health Department—800-208-9565
online resources and resources available in print.
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What is ADHD? In May 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics Behavioral Approach:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) developed guidelines for diagnosing ADHD. Keep in Behavioral therapy helps by changing your child’s
is a common behavioral problem in children. It is mind that there is no single test for ADHD. A clinical ways of thinking, as well as his or her coping skills,
estimated that between three and five percent of evaluation is needed in order to make a diagnosis. If potentially leading to overall changes in behavior.
children have ADHD, with symptoms usually you believe that your child may have ADHD, you can An example of a simple intervention that works
becoming noticeable in preschool or early elemen- start by talking to your child’s pediatrician about your to modify behavior is developing a set schedule to
tary school. Symptoms of ADHD must be present concerns. If a clinical evaluation is needed, it may be form a routine for your child. The support for such
before age 7 and for at least six months to an unusu- performed by a pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, behavioral changes needs to come from each of
al degree before a clear diagnosis can be made. or mental health clinician with experience in the your child’s caregivers, and most importantly you,
treatment of ADHD. The professional will require as the primary caregiver. To assist your child in
Examples of symptoms include: input from you and other caregivers regarding your changing a routine, it is important to organize his
> Appearing fidgety child’s behavior and symptoms in multiple settings. or her environment and keep track of schoolwork.
This is where the ADHD Symptom Checklist can be Keep in mind that praising good behavior will
> Difficulty staying seated or playing quietly
useful. The professional may also want to look at reinforce positive results.
> Difficulty participating in tasks that require taking report cards and schoolwork as well as information
turns on developmental history. For some helpful information on behavioral
> Talking excessively and blurting out answers to approaches, you may contact the Department of
questions If your child’s symptoms are getting in the way of Education at (800) 872-5327. You may also refer-
his or her academic performance, the Massachusetts ence the following Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
> Moving from one task to another without finishing 766 Law allows you to make a request for an evalu- parents/landing.jhtml (search for: Identifying and
> Misplacing needed items ation by your child’s school system. For further Treating Attention Deficit Disorder).
information, contact your local school system.
> Difficulty in attending to details You may also go to the following Web site for Psychotherapy
some helpful information: http://www.clcm.org/ While psychotherapy does not directly address the
If your child shows any of these symptoms, this special_ed.htm. symptoms and underlying causes of ADHD, it may
does not necessarily mean that he or she has help children with ADHD to accept themselves and
ADHD. Although children may show what appear cope with their symptoms. This type of therapy
to be symptoms of ADHD, some of these behaviors
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, involves the child and family working with a thera-
may be normal for their age, or other factors may there are a number of treatment options for you pist to help understand how they can change or
be affecting behavior. to consider. You may want to consult with your better deal with ADHD.
child’s pediatrician to help determine the most
What to do if you think your child has effective treatment for your child. The following How to locate a Tufts Health Plan Mental
ADHD are summaries of three main approaches.
You may be the first person who recognizes symp-
If you need assistance in locating a participating
toms of ADHD in your child, or a schoolteacher or Tufts Health Plan provider, please contact the Mental
other care provider may bring symptoms to your
Treatment with medication is the most common Health Department at (800) 208-9565. Mental
attention. To give you a better understanding of method of treating ADHD. Medication can help to Health staff are available Monday through Thursday
behaviors typical of your child, it is often helpful to reduce hyperactivity and improve attention span and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00
track his or her symptoms and behaviors for a brief focus. It can also help your child ignore distractions. a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
period of time. You may refer to the enclosed According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,
ADHD Symptom Checklist for assistance in keeping studies show that about 80% of children treated
track of your child’s behaviors. with medication show significant improvement.