Signs To Identify ADHD In Your Child

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder manifests itself in children in the form of behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness, distractibility and lack of concentration.

The difficulty comes because it is quite complicated to identify the symptoms of ADHD in an infant. After all, how can you actually tell if your child is suffering from ADHD or not?

Look out for these symptoms in your child:

  • Inattention

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An ADHD suffering child cannot give attention to details and makes careless errors in school work, art work, and other activities. He cannot sustain attention in play activities or any other tasks, and does not seem to be listening if directly spoken to.

He often does not follow instructions and does not finish chores and schoolwork. He finds it difficult to organize activities and tasks, and avoids or dislikes any tasks that need sustained mental activity. He often loses items necessary for activities or tasks such as school assignments, toys, tools, books or pencils.

An ADHD child is usually forgetful in everyday activities and is easily distracted with extraneous stimuli.

  • Hyperactivity

An ADHD child often fidgets with feet or hands and squirms in the seat. He often leaves his seat whenever staying seated is required, such as in a classroom or a picture hall. He often climbs or runs excessively, and finds difficulty playing or doing any task quietly. An ADHD child is always on the go and talks excessively, often more loudly than needed.

  • Impulsiveness

A child suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often blurts answers out before the question is completed. Such a child cannot wait for his turn and usually intrudes or interrupts others, especially in conversations and games.

Usually, it is difficult to tell the difference between ADHD symptoms and a normal child’s misbehavior. Parents do not usually feel the need to get their child’s condition diagnosed, and it usually requires extended observation over time. Proper assessment of environment and circumstances is required for any concerned behavior.

Remember that ADHD children are not necessarily wild or hyperactive, as the condition may prevail in quieter children too. If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, then monitor his behavior for around 6 months, and then take him to a professional for future consultation. The first person that you should speak to is his teacher. As these symptoms usually impact on your child’s learning process, his teacher is the first person to notice anything unusual.

The next and important step is to have your child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist.  If the neurologist finds your child to have ADHD, he/she may suggest prescription medication to control symptoms.  Medication is not absolutely necessary unless you feel as a parent that the symptoms are out of hand and seriously effecting your child’s school performance.  There are always alternative methods to medication such as modifying a child’s study environment to reduce distraction, and having to-do-lists is a big help for forgetfulness in tasks or assignments.  Reduced exposure to over stimulation such as loud music, and too much video game playing may help to calm the child.

Whatever you choose to do, always keep your child’s health and best interests in mind.