Centers of Excellence

Pediatric ADHD Diagnostic and Medication Management Clinic

Supporting the family, ensuring comprehensive care of the child, and supporting the Primary Care Physician.

The pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital consists of two clinics: the ADHD Diagnostic Clinic and the ADHD Medication Management Clinic.

Diagnostic Clinic

The ADHD Diagnostic Clinic is a collaborative program between General Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics.  It is a resident teaching clinic, designed to provide evidence-based evaluation and treatment of children who may have ADHD, while at the same time, teach our pediatric residents, our future pediatricians, about this disorder and how to diagnose and manage patients with ADHD with standardized tools, comprehensive care, research-backed treatment, and community resources. 

Children and their parents are seen for up to three visits to provide a comprehensive assessment, establish diagnosis, and provide initial treatment of ADHD and its co-morbidities.  We strive to evaluate the whole child and assess for co-existing conditions such as: mood disorders, learning disorders, anxiety disorders, speech and language, and disruptive behavior disorders.

Once a child is stable on the treatment plan, we transfer the child back to the Primary Care Provider (PCP) for continued care.  If the child needs more help, due to comorbidities or other circumstances, then they may be referred to our colleagues in psychiatry, psychology, other medical subspecialties or therapy department.  Children might need further help from the school system, through 504 plans and / or Individualized Education Plan’s (IEP’s).  Part of the treatment planning is providing the family with information and resources so that they can best advocate for their child in the school and in the community.   

Medication Management Clinic

The ADHD Medication Management Clinic is available, should the Primary Care Physician require additional assistance in managing the patients ADHD medication.  Some children require changes or adjustments to ADHD medication and may not benefit from the first medication tried.  Other children may also have comorbidities that require additional attention.  As noted above, some patients may need care from our colleagues in other specialties.  As such, we strive to provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, coordinated care. Our goal is to support the family, ensure comprehensive care of the child, and support the Primary Care Physician in providing a medical home. 

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. There are three subtypes: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and combined type.  Children with ADHD have difficulty concentrating and paying attention, can be very physically active, are easily distracted and are prone to impulsivity. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ADHD affects up to 5-12% of school aged children.

Signs or symptoms may include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive and difficulty with self-regulation
  • Problems with academic and social interactions
  • Short attention span
  • Distractibility

Treatment Options for Children with ADHD include:

Diagnosis of ADHD and comorbidities

Medication Management

Parent and child education regarding ADHD

Psychological testing

Program Leadership

Robin Blitz, MD (Developmental Pediatrician) and Albert D. Jacobson, MD (General Pediatric Faculty) are the co-directors of the ADHD Diagnostic Clinic

Sara Bode, MD is part of the General Pediatric Faculty who also attends and precepts the residents. 

Jodi Meadows, CPNP, is a Developmental Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who participates in both clinics

Contact/Referral Information

For referral information please contact 

602-933-0970

Resources

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Resources

School Resources

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