DSSC Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
I am not contracted with any insurance carriers, and payment is expected at the time of service. As a courtesy, I am happy to bill your insurance company if you provide the information. Payment plans are available to assist families with an immediate assessment need that may not have the money to pay up front.
Do I have to go through the comprehensive evaluation if my child already has a diagnosis?
All new patients go through the intake process. In this way, a determination is made as to what is appropriate for your individual situation. The goal is not to repeat what has already been done, but to craft a treatment plan that will move you and/or your child forward.
Why do parents have to watch the neurocognitive testing?
We feel that it is helpful for parents to better understand the specific struggles their child is having by watching them do testing. Children do not seem distracted by having their parents there.
I feel uncomfortable giving my child medication. Do I have to do that?
It is understandable to worry about putting your child on a strong medication and you should not do it if you feel it is wrong. However, you have to remember that there is a true chemical deficiency in certain parts of the brains of those with ADHD. We liken it to the concept of diabetes. If you had it, you would have inadequate insulin and you would take shots to replace it. The MTA study (a large multi-center trial) compared four treatment options for children diagnosed with ADHD:
- Return to the community doctor which ended up with inconsistent treatment
- Medication alone
- Intensive behavioral intervention at home and at school
- Medication and behavioral intervention.
The results of the study indicated that those children treated with the combination of medication and behavior modification did better than the other groups. Even the medication alone group did better than the behavior intervention alone group. Medication is only a tool and should be used in conjunction with behavioral therapy. You can do a trial of medication to see if it is helpful.
Will my child ever grow out of ADHD/ADD?
Some children as they go through puberty, have a decrease in their symptoms. The hyperactivity often resolves. It is impossible to predict which child will do better over time. It is our job to give children skills that will help them as they mature and face different challenges. People used to believe that ADD was a disorder of childhood, but in recent years, it has become clear that there are many adults with untreated ADHD.