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Jul 21

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

Making the Diagnosis

Your pediatrician will determine whether your child has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) using guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics



These diagnosis guidelines are for children 6 to 21 years of age

It is difficult to diagnosis AD/HD in children 5 years of age and younger


Tests for AD/HD

There is no single test for AD/HD

The process requires several steps and involves getting a lot of information from multiple sources:

~ Parents

~ Your child

~ Child’s school

~ Other caregivers


To confirm a diagnosis of AD/HD these behaviors must:

Occur in more than one setting, such as home, school, and social situations

Be more severe than in other children the same age

Start before the child reaches 7 years of age

Continue for more than 6 months

Make it difficult to function at school, at home, and in social situations



In addition to looking at your child’s behavior, your pediatrician will do a physical examination. A full medical examination is needed to put your child’s behavior in context and screen for other conditions that may affect your child’s behavior

As a parent, you will provide crucial information about your child’s behavior and how it affects your child’s home life and in other social settings




In case you get bored with the lazy days of summer and want to get a jump preparing for the coming school year, I added to Stuff4Educators a section called How to Study Better based on research from Harvard Medical School that highlights four science-backed ways towards better learning (Hint: drop the highlighter). Additionally, I posted a YouTube video under exercise from the Dana Foundation that won the Northwest Emmy award called Exercise and the Brain that explores the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning. Finally, some books that I have read this past year and found to be stimulating are listed.