“Understanding the New ADHD Guidelines: A Parents’ Guide to the Latest Standards for Diagnosing and Treating Children” [Video Replay & Podcast #306]
Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#306), and download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on May 19, 2020.
ADHD is the most common mental health condition in children today and second only to asthma as the most common chronic childhood illness. With increasing regularity, primary pediatric care clinicians play a key role in properly diagnosing and effectively treating children with ADHD. To aid this process, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its ADHD clinical guidelines last year to promote optimal care for children with the condition. Understanding these new standards of care will empower parents to work effectively with their pediatricians.
- How doctors can optimize the diagnosis process by interviewing both parents and the child, plus other strategies
- The importance of ruling out other causes of ADHD-like symptoms and identifying comorbid conditions, like mood disorder and anxiety
- The challenges of implementing the new guidelines — namely, less-than-adequate pediatric training in mental health, limited insurance coverage of needed services, limited consultative services, and barriers to communication with schools and consultative services
- The key role behavior rating scales play in diagnosing ADHD and in monitoring a child in school and the community
- The most effective ADHD treatment options that primary care clinicians may employ
- Which treatment should come first: ADHD medication or behavior parent training, or something else?
- The many benefits of follow-up care for children diagnosed with ADHD and when referrals for other care are needed
- New technology to improve the quality of care for better patient outcomes
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Meet the Expert Speakers
Mark L. Wolraich, M.D., is the Shaun Walters Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and the Edith Kinney-Gaylord Presidential Professor at the University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was the Chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics there for the past 17 years until June 2018. Dr. Wolraich has been active nationally in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) particularly relating to ADHD. He is a member and past president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Wolraich developed the Vanderbilt ADHD Behavior Rating Scales that are now used widely nationally and internationally.| See expert’s full bio »
Joseph F. Hagan, Jr., M.D., FAAP is Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and UVM Children’s Hospital. He is co-editor of The Bright Futures Guidelines, Third and Fourth Editions, the standard of preventive care for American infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Hagan served as vice-president and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter. Dr. Hagan has wide media experience, has published extensively, presented nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards recognizing his work. Dr. Hagan practices primary care pediatrics in Burlington, Vermont.| See expert’s full bio »
Both Drs. Wolraich and Hagan are the co-editors of the AAP book for parents, ADHD 3rd edition.
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