How to Spot ADD/ADHD in Your Child
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a serious and complex disorder that can negatively affect the rest of a child’s life if not addressed early. However, it is a disorder that is infamously difficult to notice.
The main problem that comes with trying to recognize this disorder is in the fact that a lot of symptoms of ADHD coincide with expected child behavior, impulsiveness, lack of discipline, refusing to pay attention are all normal behavior for a child. So, to actually diagnose your child with ADHD a doctor would need to evaluate it by using several different criteria. Hopefully, this article can help all the parents who are wondering whether or not they should have their child tested for ADHD.
So, here are the most common symptoms of ADHD in kids.
One of the common signs is that the child is being really self-focused and it may even seem like it is unable to see that other people have their needs and desires too. This symptom leads to other signs of ADHD like interrupting.
2. Interrupting and impatience in social surroundings
A self-focused child will have troubles learning some of the social skills that are taken for granted these days. These kids would often interrupt others while they are talking or join conversations they are not included in without asking. They would also show troubles with being patient in other social situation. For an example, it would try to cut the line in school or show other issues with waiting for their turn while playing games.
3. Emotional outbursts
A child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might have troubles with controlling their emotions. Outbursts of anger and temper tantrums (hissy fits) could be expected, especially with younger kids.
One of the most common symptoms of ADHD is the inability to sit still. The child in question will try to get up and run or at least squirm in their chair even if it was forced to sit for a relatively short while.
5. Difficulties with paying attention
A child with ADHD will have exhibit a lack of focus and might seem uninterested even if someone is speaking to them. Even if they hear the person talking to them they will not pay enough attention to remember what was said.
6. Not finishing tasks
Another attention issue for these children is that their attention is easily redirected. They can get interested in a lot of things at the same time but fail to finish any of the tasks they set out to do. An example would be starting to do their chores, but then moving on to their homework, and from that to the next project they have in mind. Even if they are a very hard-working child they would simply have unfinished projects lying around.
7. Avoiding prolonged tasks
One of the things that we should keep in mind is that these children know that they have difficulties with focusing. This can cause them to start avoiding any tasks that require longer periods of mental effort.
Not every child with ADHD is really hyperactive. While you can expect them to be rather loud and generally act as trouble-makers some of them would turn to their inner world to do so. They can be very quiet and spend their days daydreaming and ignoring the real world.
9. Inability to prioritize
One of the big issues with ADHD is that the troubles with organizing their days can keep these kids from learning how to prioritize activities. This may be an issue for kids who go to school as they simply might not feel that their homework is that important.
10. Losing things
A child with ADHD commonly has troubles with remembering multiple things at the same time as they simply do not occupy the child’s attention. While this can be another reason for them not doing their homework or chores it can also lead to them losing their toys a lot.
11. Making mistakes
Another big issue with ADHD is the fact that these children commonly have difficulties with following instructions that include them executing plans. They might make mistakes that come from their lack of attention which could lead to issues at school or home since a lot of people read their mistakes as carelessness.
Now, if your child is showing more than just a few of these symptoms it might be a good idea to have them tested for ADHD, especially if the behavior that comes from it is negatively affecting their grades and/or is leading to altercations with their peers. Just remember, ADHD is treatable and you can help your child a lot by setting up a meeting with a doctor.
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