If you’re concerned your child could have ADHD, you might not know how to find out for sure, or where to turn for help. There are a number of things you can do to get the answers you need to best help your child. Here are 10 steps you can take to determine if your child has ADHD—and where to go from there.
Learn about the symptoms of ADHD.
Get a better idea of whether what you’re seeing in your child could be signs of ADHD. Learn about common symptoms.
Pay close attention to your child’s behavior.
Find out what’s been happening at school.
Talk to your child’s doctor.
Call your child’s pediatrician to express your concerns. You may want to ask to speak privately so you can share notes and thoughts without your child present.
Consult with a specialist.
Work with your child’s school.
Decide if you’re comfortable sharing with the school that you’re exploring the possibility that your child has ADHD. It can be helpful information as you work together to find ways to manage issues that come up in school.
Look into getting an evaluation for supports at school.
Consider requesting a free educational evaluation at school. Kids who have ADHD often have other learning issues, too. The evaluation may provide information that could help your child get the support she needs in school, such as accommodations.
Meet with the school to discuss supports and services.
Schedule a meeting with the school and provide a copy of the specialist’s or pediatrician’s report. Even if the school has done its own evaluation, having a doctor’s recommendations can help get a 504 plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP) in place if your child is eligible.
Investigate treatments and therapies.
Explore more ways to help your child.