There has been a steady increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD over the past several years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health:
“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). These symptoms can make it difficult for a child with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with other children or adults, or finish tasks at home.
All of the physicians at Bulloch Pediatrics Group treat patients with ADHD and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Several of the medications used to treat ADHD and ADD are controlled substances. Due to strict federal regulations on these controlled substances, patients are required to be seen every 3 months and are only allowed a one-month prescription at a time.
Making the accurate diagnosis of ADHD in children is obviously very important. Vanderbilt assessment forms are utilized by physicians to assist them in making this correct diagnosis. Below are blank copies of the Vanderbilt forms. One is for each teacher to fill out, and one is for the parents to fill out.
These completed forms MUST be brought to the new ADHD appointment for review by your physician. Occasionally, throughout the course of treatment, the physician will ask that these forms be filled out again to assess any improvements in the child’s behavior after a given medication.