As your young teen looks forward to high school, have you considered when might be a good time for a new evaluation for ADHD?
Children diagnosed in elementary school, especially during the first years, could benefit from a new ADHD evaluation. Symptom levels can change over the years and co-occurring conditions can either develop or become clinically diagnosable. Academic accommodations can better meet the needs of the student with an up-to-date diagnosis.
Many children affected by ADHD are cared for by a pediatrician first. Switching to a specialist in adolescent ADHD can make a difference in treatment as children become teens and young adults. CHADD maintains a Resource Directory and listing of Hospitals and University clinical programs to help parents and adults find professionals who treat ADHD.
Medical reasons for a new evaluation:
To confirm your child still meets the clinical diagnosis of ADHD
Academic reasons for a new evaluation:
If you have questions about a new evaluation or where to look for a specialist, start with your child’s current health care provider. To read about an evaluation for ADHD visit Comprehensive Assessment.