What is A.D.H.D? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Does your child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D) or are you not sure?

Do you have questions? Here are some common symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Easily distracted?
Impulsive, lacking in self-control?
Activity level that is unusually high?
Social and/or emotional problems?
Difficulty making transitions from one situation to another?
Difficulty completing tasks? 
Difficulty sitting still?
Struggle to wait their turn? 
Do they have trouble waiting for their turn?
Outbursts of anger at times?
Difficult to play alone and quietly?
Lack focus and avoid activities?
Trouble following instructions? 
Daydreaming and not paying attention to their surroundings? 
Struggle with organizational skills? 

While these are just some symptoms of A.D.H.D, your child could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D)

What can I do to help my child?

Don’t wait for a diagnosis—start addressing your child’s symptoms today

Regularly get up and get moving with your child

Establish structure and consistent daily routines at home

Learn how your child’s diet can affect ADHD symptoms

Ensure your child gets enough restful sleep

Talk to your child’s teachers about managing symptoms at school

Seek face-to-face support from family and friends

Children with ADHD may be:

Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive.

Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention.

Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (the most common form of ADHD).

Children who only have inattentive symptoms of ADHD are often overlooked, since they’re not disruptive. However, the symptoms of inattention have consequences: getting in hot water with parents and teachers for not following directions; underperforming in school; or clashing with other kids over not playing by the rules.

Symptoms of inattention in children:

Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted or gets bored with a task before it’s completed

Appears not to listen when spoken to

Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions; doesn’t pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes

Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items

Symptoms of hyperactivity in children:

Constantly fidgets and squirms

Has difficulty sitting still, playing quietly, or relaxing

Moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately

Talks excessively

May have a quick temper or “short fuse” 

Symptoms of impulsivity in children:

Acts without thinking

Guesses, rather than taking time to solve a problem or blurts out answers in class without waiting to be called on or hear the whole question

Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games

Often interrupts others; says the wrong thing at the wrong time

Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums

DISCLAIMER: I am not a therapist. I am an adult who has ADHD, a parent to children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and now a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists give you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (ADHD) If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another. Please always consult with a professional.

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