10 Signs Of ADHD In Children
When it comes to actual signs of ADHD in children there are some very clear criteria used to diagnose this neurobehavioral disorder. Since I believe this disorder is both over and misdiagnosed it is important to be very thorough when assessing a child with problematic behaviour. The fact that a four year old is impulsive, inattentive and hyperactive does not necessarily mean that he or she has ADHD.
Approximately 4% to 14% of children have ADHD and there are ten important signals of ADHD in children. The information detailed in this article will make it easier to decide whether your child needs to be evaluated by a professional. In general inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity must have persisted for at least six months.
1. Difficulty focusing and shifting focus:
Children that have ADHD do not concentrate very well, particularly when it comes to activities that do not interest them. Activities that spark their interest can often see intense focus but boring and repetitive tasks are problematic and children may become disruptive. Disengaging from tasks may also be difficult. They may appear not to listen or fail to complete tasks.
Children with ADHD may often seem to overreact or act without thought for the consequences. Their decisions may place them or others in danger and often interfere with social relationships.
These children move almost constantly and even when asked to sit still, may be quite unable to comply. They may climb even when inappropriate or get up from their seats when asked not to. The child may be very talkative.
4. Duration of symptoms:
How long the child has been experiencing neurobehavioral problems is also extremely important. Symptoms must have been present before seven years of age and must be present in two or more settings for example at home and school.
5. Significant impairment:
The fact that a child fidgets, blurts out comments without waiting their turn or forgets things constantly does not indicate a problem or signs of ADHD. Very young children often exhibit this sort of behaviour. Important in the diagnosis of ADHD is whether their behaviour is causing significant impairment to social relationships, academic performance and not associated with any other chronic or acute health problems.
6. Inappropriate for the child’s developmental age:
By the age of 5 or 6 a child should be able so sit still when asked to do so and focus on tasks such as reading or basic math. When a child of this age behaves with the hyperactivity of a 3 year old, this might indicate a problem.
7. Inappropriate emotionality:
Children with ADHD have trouble keeping their emotions in check. They may have trouble controlling anger or happy emotions. They can be emotionally delayed by up to 30% when compared with children of the same age.
8. Inattentive or hyperactive behaviour helps classify the disorder:
While children show some overlap of symptoms they are often divided into three main groups i.e. predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and a combined form of the two namely: inattentive and hyperactive, impulsive forms. It is more common in boys than girls but affects both genders. Boys are more likely to have the hyperactive type than girls and more girls have the inattentive type.
9. Learning disorders:
While not all children with ADHD have a learning disability, about one quarter of children do have some trouble with conventional learning systems and as it can be one of the signs of ADHD in children those with learning problems should be evaluated.
10. The presence of unnatural conditions:
Children with ADHD can also suffer from conditions associated with it such as depression, anxiety, antisocial personality, oppositional defiance disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. These do not indicate that ADHD is present but where appropriate may lead to uncovering ADHD as well.
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Hundreds of my former customers said BrightSpark worked for them and their kids.They said it made a huge difference in their child’s behavior.
For more information on ADHD in children and adults, read:
“Advice On Treating ADHD Without Drugs”
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