Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood behavioral disorders and may affect more than two million children and adolescents in the United States.
- What is ADHD? - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- ADHD and Your School-Aged Child - American Academy of Pediatrics
- Congressional Testimony on Use of Methylphenidate - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
- Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics
- Clinical Practice Guideline: Treatment of the School-Aged Child With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - American Academy of Pediatrics
- Individual, Social, and Economic Burden of ADHD Through the Lifespan - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Epidemiologic Issues in ADHD - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- National Institute of Mental Health Fact Sheet on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Public Health Concerns in the Treatment of ADHD - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
The Vermont ADHD Initiative
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) convened a summit meeting on the issue of ADHD as it applies to all Vermont children. Subsequently, a working group was formed of 25 individuals representing 12 organizations including:
The working group agreed with the basic premise of having a standardized approach to the assessment and treatment of school-aged children with symptoms of ADHD. The working group acknowledged the benefits of and documented a system where families, educators and medical professionals work collaboratively to address the needs of children with ADHD and their families.
The products of the ADHD working group include a detailed flow chart mapping the multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of children with ADHD, and educational, medical and family/caregiver narratives which describe in detail each of those components respectively.
VCHIP is now involved in a new phase of the project focused on helping providers implement the standardized approach.
More background on the Vermont ADHD Initiative including a copy of the flow sheet can be found at the VCHIP Vermont ADHD Initiative site.