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How do I know if my child's pediatrician is qualified to diagnose ADHD?

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Ask your child's pediatrician if he or she has experience in diagnosing ADHD. Some pediatricians take additional coursework to become familiar with diagnosing the disorder and its medical management. Some do fellowships specializing in ADHD and learning disabilities.

SOURCES:

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

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