ADHD Medication Management and Communicating with Parents

This module focuses on ADHD Medication Management and is intended to address medication management for ADHD, the risks and side effects of those medications, alternatives to stimulants, medication maintenance and referrals to specialists, and communication with parents about ADHD.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this module, participants will:

  • Be able to identify appropriate medications for the management of ADHD based on the child and how to provide proper doses
  • Be informed of the possible risk and side effects
  • Be informed of the alternatives to stimulants that can be used in medication management
  • Have an understanding of medication maintenance and appropriate referrals to specialists
  • Be aware of messaging and communication with parents about ADHD

Intended Audience:

Primary Care Providers, Family Medicine Providers, and Community Organizations that work with Children.

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the MMA-CQI Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. This module will be eligible to grant 1 AMA PRA Category 1.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit.

The module will contain nine (9) sub-sections or units. Each may contain various elements, including video lessons, hyperlinks to readings and web resources. There is also a pre- and post-assessment and evaluation survey, which need to be completed for CME accreditation.

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)

  • Registration Fee: FREE
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.5

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After confirming that the entire learning module is complete and you have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, a generic certificate of completion will be displayed and available for you for download.
  • The official CME Documentation Form will be available to download from within the evaluation survey, after you answer all the questions and enter in your contact information.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Pre-Assessment
3. ADHD medication management
4. Risks and side effects of medications
5. Alternatives to stimulants
6. Medication maintenance and referrals to specialists
7. Communicating with parents about ADHD
8 . Post-Assessment
9. Evaluation Survey


Melissa Bowker-Kinley, MD, PhD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
InterMed Department of Pediatrics

Carrie Woodcock
Executive Director
Maine Parent Federation

Kayla Cole, CSM, CSP
Project Manager

  • FREE
  • Course Certificate