ADHD Management: What to Expect

Article | March 2018

ADHD Management: What to Expect

Is your ADHD treatment plan showing results? That's great! Continue to work with treatment professionals to maintain those results. Together you can identify ongoing tasks and set new goals. Follow these steps to help your child continue to progress:

Physical health

  • Schedule yearly check-ups with your child’s doctor or pediatrician. The month before school begins is a good time to schedule the check-up. If your child’s doctor is the prescribing doctor, you may see them more often.
  • Discuss the results of the physical with your child's health care team.
  • Have your child’s hearing tested each year if it’s not tested at school.

Behavioral health

  • Bring this information to your child’s behavioral health appointments:
    • Weekly medication log
    • Any other management plans
    • School and home daily progress reports
  • Meet with your child’s behavioral health professional as needed. Together you can update your child's behavioral management plan.
  • Update release forms to allow all members of the team to communicate. This may include school staff, day care providers, and mental health and health providers.

School

  • If your child is taking medication, talk to your school nurse. Ask them for a form that allows the school to give out medication. Have your child’s prescribing doctor sign it, and then return it to the school.
  • At the beginning of the year, sign a release of information form. This allows your child’s school treatment team to update the health care team.
  • Ask your child’s teacher to send home weekly progress reports. These will keep you posted on how your child is doing at school. This information can help you problem-solve with your child’s health care team.
  • Hold a school treatment team meeting. This allows team members to report their experiences with your child. Update the behavioral management plan as needed. If your child is struggling, you may want to request weekly or monthly meetings.
  • Work with the school to get an updated learning evaluation of your child. This should be done every three years or as needed.
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Source: National Institute of Health; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

This material is provided by Cigna for informational/educational purposes only. It is not medical/clinical advice. Only a health care provider can make a diagnosis or recommend a treatment plan. For more information about your behavioral health benefits, you can call the member services or behavioral health telephone number listed on your health care ID card.