Initial ADD/ADHD Evaluation

We thank you for your confidence in our practice and the trust you place in us with your children. Our office would like to expedite the evaluation of inattention or school difficulties for your child. The providers want to work with you to ensure your child is meeting his or her full potential in school. To make this evaluation more smooth and accurate, we are requesting you follow these instructions prior to your visit:

  1. Please click on these links to download and fill out the Vanderbilt questionnaires (Initial Parent / Initial Teacher). Please complete one evaluation sheet for each parent and one for each teacher. IF your child has more than two teachers or your child has a tutor, please have them complete the questionnaires as well. It is helpful to have as many observations as possible. Everyone should fill the forms out separately. Please have these filled out prior to the first office visit, and bring them to your visit.
  2. Please click on this link and complete the “ADHD/ADD Medical History” sheet. Bring to your visit.
  3. Please arrive on-time to your visit. It takes a lot of time to adequately assess your child. A late-comer to an ADHD/ADD visit not only robs your child of necessary time but also affects all the children scheduled after yours.
  4. Please try not to bring other children to your child’s ADHD/ADD visit. Other children often distract from the focus needed during the visit.
    Avoid reading too much right now about ADHD/ADD. It might possibly bias your response to the ADHD/ADD scales. We will gladly direct you to reading material on ADHD/ADD should your child receive this diagnosis.
  5. Consider a psychoeducational evaluation prior to your visit. Either a psychoeducational evaluation by a licensed psychologist or a complete evaluation done by the school system can be very helpful in diagnosing the reason for your child’s school difficulties. Not all children that the teacher identifies as “inattentive” have ADHD. Some children have learning processing disorders (such as dyslexia) or other psychological disorders (such as depression or anxiety) which result in school difficulties. A thorough psychoeducational evaluation helps us ensure we are making the correct diagnosis for your child. Please note: We suggest you call your insurance carrier to inquire about whether or not psychological services are covered and which pediatric psychologists are covered by your insurance plan. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact our phone nurse during regular business hours for clarification.

Patient Feedback

“The best doctors offices (we have gone to both locations multiple times) in the world if you as me! I have never had a bad experience! Each appointment with any doctor we see in the group is great! I’m not sure how they pick their providers but they do an amazing job! We have been with them my 5 year old was born and always have great appointments! They love my babies and make them feel comfortable and relaxed as if they see them everyday! In today’s world everyone needs a doctors them.”

Errin W.

“been amazing with my son and great with me, I get nervous with doctors more so when it comes to my kid and they are great at calming my fears.”

Ryann A.

“I have went through a few different pediatricians with my daughter and Carithers by far has exceeded my expectations. Every concern has been quickly acknowledged. If I have any questions they are answered appropriately and they never make me feel silly for asking.”

Lacie V.

“I have been using Carithers for 5 years. I have always been happy with the office, nurses and
doctors. My last visit was flu shots for my 2 year old and 5 year old. The nurses exceeded my
expectations!! They were amazing with my boys. They took their time and calmed my boys
before giving the shots. They were so great!!The front office staff is always friendly, sweet and
accommodating. We always feel welcomed, which is important to me and my family. The office
is clean and the location is safe. ”

Brittany M.

“My toddler twins love the doctors and staff at both Carithers locations!!!”

Glenn F.

“I was looking for a better pediatrician for my 17-month-old and newborn. A friend referred me
to Carithers after raving about them. I have to say that they were worth the rave. I love how
professional and friendly everyone is. They have a very efficient system. The doctors do not rush
you and they make you feel like no question is the wrong question. The office and every room are
clean and tidy. I am so glad that I switched my children over to Carithers.”

Keisha M.

“Always a wonderful experience with the very personable doctors and nurses!!”

James M.

“Overall, our experience with Carithers has been very good. Both my husband and I were patients
at this practice as children and we are glad our children have the opportunity to receive the
same wonderful care that we did. We have seen a wide range of Dr. S at the practice and would
feel good about many being our children’s primary physician.”

Caroline B.

“I was a patient of Carithers Pediatrics in the 1970s, and my three kids will age-out of the practice
too! Terrific doctors, well-run practice. The doctors are experts and “present” – we aren’t
numbers …and holy cow do they listen. After I explained an ongoing medical problem to the
doctor, I heard her repeat the issue to another doctor – thoroughly and concisely … she had
absorbed it all. They always call back in a timely fashion, no insurance problems … we are 100%
thrilled with the medical care and office-care we receive. Thanks all!”

Nancy H.

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