Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. ADHD can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.

Resources and Supports

The Vermont ADHD Initiative

A working group of 25 individuals representing 12 organizations was organized by the Department of Health and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) to focus on ADHD as it applies to all Vermont children.

The working group agreed with the basic premise of having a standardized approach to the assessment and treatment of school-aged children with symptoms of ADHD. The working group acknowledged the benefits of and documented a system where families, educators and medical professionals work collaboratively to address the needs of children with ADHD and their families.

The group developed resources including a chart mapping the multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of children with ADHD, and educational, medical and family/caregiver narratives which describe each of those components.

VCHIP is now involved in a new phase of the project focused on helping providers implement the standardized approach.

For more information, visit the Vermont ADHD Initiative.

Group members represent:

  • Parents
  • Special educators, school psychologists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)
  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Vermont Family Network
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