ADHD Warning Signs
ADHD Warning Signs
by Zachary Domingo
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a term used to describe generally behaviors that contribute to learning disability in children. Children with ADHD have difficulty paying attention in most of their daily activities.
ADHD tends to be more common in boys and 4% to 12% of school-age children have symptoms. It is diagnosed after six or more specific symptoms of inactivity and/or hyperactivity is exhibited by the child. It should be on a regular basis in a period of more than six months and it has to be in more than two settings.
ADHD diagnosis is done through standard guidelines where information from several sources is gathered. These sources should have first hand knowledge of the child and would often include school, caregivers and family.
A potential for ADHD exists if a child exhibits six or more of the following behaviors:
Can't follow simple directions.
Unable to maintain attention on school, play, home and other usual activities.
Misplaces things often.
Listening ability is poor.
Doesn't display an attention to detail.
Cannot seem to see a project through to the end.
Distracted easily and often.
Memory is not very good.
A hyperactive/impulsive child may have ADHD if he/she has more than at least six of the following symptoms.
Always fidgeting and can't sit still.
Runs and climbs out of control.
Cannot ever play quietly.
Cries out answers.
Always interrupting others.
Can't stop talking.
Always on the move.
Very impatient when waiting for his/her turn.
The list above don't cover all of the possible behaviors but include the most important ones. Teachers and parents should keep close attention to any changes in a childs behavior. Any behavior that is out of the ordinary should be in check, too.
These warning signs will need further diagnosis by experts. These guidelines were made for children 6 to 12 years of age. This is because many pre-school children tend to have more symptoms only to rapidly change during pre-school years. Doctors may do vision and hearing tests for additional reference.
You may want to contact your pediatrician to conduct an assessment on your child?s condition if the above warning signs are present in your childs daily behavior. After the assessment and there seems to be a cause for alarm, the pediatrician may refer you to a child psychologist.
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