7.1 The Necessity of a Team Approach
The success of children and teens with ADHD is dependent on team effort. It is critical that in the diagnostic process as well as in any treatment and intervention provided to have teamwork, collaboration, and close communication among all parties: home, school, physician, and other service providers.
The Diagnostic Process
- Parents provide information regarding their child's history (medical, school, family) and behaviors (past and present) through interviews, rating forms, and questionnaires.
- Classroom teachers and other school personnel directly working with the student or observing the child's functioning in various school settings provide their observations and data regarding the student's symptoms and school functioning.
- A qualified, licensed physician, psychologist, or other medical or mental health professional evaluates the child for ADHD using the information and data provided by parents or other caregivers and the school.
- Eligibility for special education, related services, and accommodations may be conducted by the school's multidisciplinary assessment team, which may involve a number of school district professionals: school psychologist, special educator or other learning specialist, speech-language therapist, school nurse, occupational therapist, or others.
- For more information on the diagnostic process, see Lists 1.14 through 1.18 and 6.3-6.5.
The Treatment Plan
- The most effective approach in treating ADHD is multimodal, involving ...