Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common problem. More children with the disorder are being identified than ever before. Today, it is estimated that about 7 percent of all children have ADHD and associated learning, behavioral and emotional problems. ADHD may be characterized by:
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed the region's largest and most comprehensive center for diagnosing and treating attention and learning problems in children and adolescents.
Each child who comes to the Center receives an extensive evaluation. From there, highly individualized strategies and treatments are devised for each child. Evaluation and treatment services include:
The Center treats children from ages 3 to 18 years. Our staff emphasizes the importance of early identification because timely treatment can help overcome long-term problems, such as low self-esteem, associated with ADHD.
The ADHD Center is also an educational resource for families and the community, providing timely information about ADHD and coping tips.
We are currently asking parents to use a Web-based form to request an appointment. This is the most efficient way to set up an appointment for your child. The first page of the form will ask for demographic and contact information. The second page will gather information about your child's needs. Please select "Specialist" at the top of the page and then select "ADHD" from the drop-down list. Please take a moment to describe your child's symptoms and be sure to tell us what type of service you are looking for.
You should expect a response from our office within 48 hours of your request. If we are able to provide the service your child needs, we will send you a packet of questionnaires that must be completed and returned before an appointment can be scheduled. Due to the high volume of requests, there is often a wait of several months before your child's initial visit. We know this can be a difficult time for you and your child, and we thank you for your patience as we process your request.
We may contact you via e-mail, so please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book if your e-mail blocks messages from unknown senders.