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January 2014

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

by Staff

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that shows up in young children, usually in their preschool or kindergarten years but, in some cases, it can get worse when a child becomes a teenager. Children and teens with ADHD are usually fairly easy to identify because of their behavior. ADHD makes it hard for kids to control their behavior and pay attention. Many children have this condition and it is very normal for a few kids in one classroom to have it.

It’s important that you don’t jump to conclusions if your child or teen is exhibiting behavior linked to ADHD. All children will be hyperactive, inattentive, impulsive and energetic to some degree. So, you must take your child to get a thorough evaluation before any judgments can be made. The only person qualified to diagnose a child as having ADHD is a professional in that field.

The characteristics of a child or teen with ADHD will vary. They might be impulsive, hyperactive, inattentive or a combination of all three. Children with ADHD might always be on the go, fidgeting or wiggling. Homework is hard for children with ADHD as well. It’s hard for them to concentrate and they cannot keep their mind on what they’re supposed to be doing. Class time can prove to be a challenge as well. A sound or sight at any time can take their concentration away from the things they should be doing. Daydreaming is also a symptom of ADHD and the children that do this tend to look lethargic or spacey. You can treat ADHD a variety of ways, talking with your doctor is recommended in any situation. Staff