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ADHD Checklist

An ADHD checklist is designed to educate you on typical ADHD behaviours and symptoms of your child.

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adhd checklist

The checklist for ADHD is not intended to diagnose your child with ADHD.

If, after reading the ADHD checklist you recognize red flags in regards to your own child's behaviour, you should follow up with a visit to your doctor.

A proper ADHD assessment should be done by an experienced health care professional.

The assessment should not only include interviews with your child, you and teachers, but should also include a complete physical, to rule out any other medical condition which may be causing adverse behaviours.

Interpreting ADHD Checklist

When reviewing the checklist for ADHD keep in mind that ADHD behaviours are considered extreme, to the point where your child is not acting age appropriate, or socially acceptable.

ADHD behaviour has a negative affect on your child's home life and school life. ADHD behaviour also has been present in your ADHD child for years and cannot be explained away for situations in your child's life, such as a recent divorce.

The checklist for ADHD outlines the three basic ADHD behaviours present in the ADHD spectrum.

It is important to note that not every ADHD child exhibits all three behaviours. The subtypes of ADHD are...

  • ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
  • ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type
  • ADHD Predominantly Combined Type

Hyperactive Behaviours Associated with ADHD

ADHD checklist behaviours associated with Hyperactivity assesses how your child moves...

your child is constantly 'on the go'

your child's hands and feet are very fidgety

they are unable to sit still in a seat

your child often gets out of their seat at times when they are expected to remain seated

your child often climbs on things inappropriately... such as furniture... or runs excessively when inappropriate

your child talks excessively

your child finds it challenging to do quiet activities.

Impulsive Behaviours Associated with ADHD

Checklist for ADHD behaviours associated with Impulsivity assesses how your child behaves...

your child often cannot wait for their turn when involved in an activity

your child often interrupts other people's conversations or intrudes on other's games

your child often blurts out the answers to questions that were not intended for them

your child is often unable to control their emotions, showing their emotions inappropriately with no restraint.

Inattentive Behaviours Associated with ADHD

Checklist for ADHD behaviours associated with Inattention assesses how your child concentrates...

your child does not give close attention to detail

your child cannot retain information when a person speaks directly to them

your child cannot follow through when instruction are given to them, either not completing them or doing something that was not asked of them

your child makes careless mistakes in schoolwork and activities

your child is easily distracted by their surroundings

your child dislikes and avoids any task that requires sustained mental effort

your child often loses things

your child finds it very challenging to organize themselves when it comes to their tasks or their activities.

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