Resources on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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.


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:

  • Vermont Department of Health (VDH)
  • Vermont Department of Education
  • Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)
  • Parent to Parent
  • Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC)
  • Parents
  • Special educators, school psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians
  • 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.

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