ADHD Initial Evaluations

All kids have some issues with behavior from time to time, but about 9% of children have age-inappropriate and persistent problems with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that it affects their daily lives at home and at school.    If you have concerns about your child's behavior, we are hear to listen, evaluate, and discuss treatment options.

1. Schedule a Consult visit by calling 919-828-4747.   These visits are long visits, usually 30-60 minutes, so they are only scheduled at certain times of the week.   We prefer that you schedule with the physician that knows your child the best.

2.  Collect info, and return these papers at least 5 days prior to your visit.    
The history-taking is too extensive to do orally in your first visit-- Let's be efficient!   Please print THESE FORMS
Many factors can influence our analysis of your child's behavior, so we will ask about their past medical history, education history, sleep quality, family history and much more.   
Vanderbilt forms are evidence-based standardized forms that are completed by parents AND teachers.    If your child has had psychoeducational testing or has an IEP, we want to review this too.    (Covid-clause:  It really is helpful to have the info from teachers.   Try to message them and find a system for them to complete the forms.   They can call our office if they prefer to email or fax in forms. Do your best.)
If you turn in forms early, we gift you OUR time to review them and we start the visit prepared.   If you turn these in at the last minute, then we use YOUR time to evaluate them.

3. Come talk with us about intervention options.
For kids who are diagnosed with ADHD, stimulant medicines can be extremely helpful to manage behavioral problems.    However, getting the perfect medication, dose, and fit with your insurance plan often takes a lot of communication and modifications in the first months.  Expect to have a second visit about one month after the initial consult, with communication with your physician during that time.

Parent & Patient Tools

What every parent should know before starting a child on Medications. | (version en Espanol)

  • This tool explains important information about medication treatment for ADHD, including the role of medication, side effects, dose titration, and follow-up.

ADHD screening form for Adolescents

Managing Medicine for Children and Teenagers with ADHD | (version en Espanol)

  • This tool includes basic information about the diagnosis of ADHD and outlines the role of medication in ADHD treatment, different classes of medication used for ADHD treatment and possible side effects, and dose-adjustment process.

ADHD Internet Resources | (version en Espanol)

  • The Internet is a valuable source of information for parents and clinicians about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) care. This tool lists current Internet sites that are credible sources of information about ADHD care.

Homework Tips for Parents | (version en Espanol)

  • Intended for parents to understand and assist their child in completing homework, this tool identifies common problems, outlines helpful solutions, and suggests when additional resources might be useful.

ADHD Meds for Teens/ Tips for Parents | (version en Espanol)

  • This tool outlines the risks of medication abuse and best practices to minimize this risk.

Why is my child having trouble in school? | (version en Espanol)

Why am I having so much trouble with school? | (version en Espanol)

Parent - Teen Driving Agreement and a message to Parents of Teen Drivers | (version en Espanol)

  • Teen drivers with ADHD are at increased risk of crashes and citations when they begin to drive. The Parent-Teen Driving Agreement is intended to be completed through discussion between parents and their teens about appropriate rules and expectations for safe driving. A Message to Parents of Teen Drivers outlines how parents can set rules that decrease a child’s risk of crashes during the early driving years.