Does my child have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD is often identified and diagnosed within the 3 key areas.
Sometimes, these mimic and can be part of normal development and thus often get ignored or unnoticed by parents or school teachers. This requires further detailed investigation and evaluation by professionals.
Some of the possible signs in each category which your child may exhibit are
The child fails to or finds it difficult to sustain his/her attention in activities that are not immediately engaging. He/She often 'tunes out' or seems to ignore and their attention will drift.
Gets distracted easily
Little to No attention towards detail or Instructions
Rushes through activities
Often makes mistake in order to complete an activity or task quickly
Jumps from one activity to another
Poor organizational skillS making him/her lose items such as clothes, school equipment.
The child is often 'on a go'. Even when sitting or standing still, he/she will often be engaged in leg tapping, arm shaking or fingers drumming.
Fidget frequently. Struggle to remain seated during meal time or classroom
Overly energetic or always ‘on a go’
Finds it difficult to relax or play quietly
The child often fails to moderate or alter the physical and verbal response making it socially challenging quite often.
Often struggles with taking turns and sharing
Tries to seek attention by speaking loudly or shouting in the classroom. Tries to interrupt others
Fails to control over emotions, resulting in angry or cry outbursts.
If not intervened or untreated, it can lead to significant delay in a child's academic performances, social relationship, emotional and behavioral regulation.