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Identifying ADHD
Child Symptoms

Identifying ADHD Child Symptoms...

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ADHD Child Symptoms

Children are naturally energetic and excitable, and young children typically have a short attention span.

But sometimes your child's behaviour can appear to be extreme, in terms of their activity level and their ability to focus.

Correctly identifying ADHD child symptoms can allow your child to receive treatment that can improve their concentration and ability to stay focused, as well as control their activity level and their impulse control.

You should never jump to conclusions if you recognize some ADHD child symptoms in your child's behaviour.

Correctly identifying ADHD child behaviours can only be done by a trained and experienced health care professional who performs an full and in depth ADHD assessment on your child which includes a physical examination to rule out any other medical concerns.

If you recognize ADHD symptoms in your child you should discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Three ADHD ADD Child Symptom Categories

The three symptom categories of ADHD ADD; which is a disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in your child's brain, are hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.

Hyperactive ADHD ADD Child Symptoms

Hyperactive symptoms are ADHD ADD child symptoms that refer to how your child moves. They include...
  • Having a very high activity level
  • Being easily over-stimulated
  • Being fidgety with their hands and feet while sitting
  • Often getting up when asked to stay seated
  • Running, jumping and climbing inappropriately
  • Being aggressive
  • Being constantly on the go and in motion to the point where it is not age appropriate or socially acceptable.

Impulsive ADHD ADD Child Symptoms

Impulsive symptoms are ADHD ADD child symptoms refering to how your child reacts to their surroundings. They include...
  • Doing things without thinking about the consequences... running into the street without looking, jumping of high inclines etc.
  • Having difficulty postponing reactions
  • Having difficulty waiting for their turn or sharing
  • Often blurting out answers to questions that were not directed at them
  • Often disrupting other children's play
  • Often interrupting other's conversations
  • Inability to control emotions.

Inattentive ADHD ADD Child Symptoms

Inattentive symptoms are ADHD ADD child symptoms that refer to how well your child's ability to concentrate. They include...
  • Difficulty in following directions
  • Being easily distracted
  • Difficulty in listening
  • Difficulty concentrating on a task or completing a task
  • Difficulty working independently
  • Having poor study skills
  • Appearing not to listen when being spoken to.

Interpreting ADHD ADD Child Symptoms

Many healthy children exhibit some ADHD ADD symptoms at one time or another. It is important not to label your child with a medical condition unless they have been thoroughly examined by a professional.

It is also important to realize that ADHD ADD child symptoms are sometimes caused by separate medical conditions, such as a vitamin deficiency, vision problems, or low blood sugar.

Consult a professional if you have any concerns about your child's growth and development.


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