It’s normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class, act without thinking, or get fidgety at the dinner table. But inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sometimes known as attention deficit disorder or ADD.
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that typically appears in early childhood, usually before the age of seven. ADHD makes it difficult for children to inhibit their spontaneous responses that can involve everything from movement to speech to attentiveness. We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, or who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. Sometimes these children are labeled as troublemakers, or criticized for being lazy and undisciplined. However, they may have ADHD.
Any child may experience many of the individual symptoms of ADHD. So, to make a diagnosis, your child’s doctor will need to evaluate your child using several criteria.
Here are some signs of ADHD in Children:
- Self-focused behaviour
- Trouble waiting their turn
- Problems playing quietly
- A lot of unfinished tasks
- Lack of focus
- Trouble getting organized
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If you are concerned that your child shows signs of ADHD, see your pediatrician or family doctor. Your doctor may refer you to other specialists, but it’s important to have a medical evaluation first to check for other possible causes of your child’s difficulties.