Is your child unable to sit down for long periods? Does he fidget a lot and seem to not hear instructions given? Then he might be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often a misunderstood diagnosis or simply missed, whether by the parents of patients suffering from the condition or their teachers.
Research has shown that the percentage of kids who suffer from ADHD are anywhere between five and eight percent of children.
ADHD is a condition that is usually characterized by short attention span, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
Signs and Symptoms
Tasks and School Work
- Difficulty in finishing even the simplest of tasks.
- Inability to sit still for a short story or doesn’t have the attention span to help stir a bowl of cookie dough.
- Difficulty in following instructions and processing information to the extent others his age do.
- Inability to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work or with other activities.
- Has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
- Avoids, dislike or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books etc.).
- Talks constantly just for the sake of talking. This doesn’t mean the toddler who asks a million questions or repeatedly asks "why" has ADHD. The child with ADHD will ramble on and on about whatever comes into his head and repeat things.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g. butts into conversations or games).
- Constantly on the move. Jumping on the bed, off the furniture, fidgeting, wiggling, playing with their food.
- Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Is easily distracted and forgetful.
- Blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
- Has trouble waiting his turn.
Continue reading to learn the difference between a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and one without