We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments, or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them.
While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class, or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some children with ADHD may be constantly in motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one child.
Children with ADHD may:
- Children with ADHD may have difficulty paying attention, following instructions, and completing tasks. They may often lose things, be forgetful, and easily distracted.
- Children with ADHD may be restless, fidgety, and have difficulty sitting still. They may often talk excessively and interrupt others.
- Children with ADHD may act without thinking, interrupt others, and have difficulty waiting their turn. They may often engage in risky or dangerous behavior.
- Children with ADHD may have difficulty with organization, time management, and completing homework or assignments on time.
- Children with ADHD may have trouble making and keeping friends, may be seen as disruptive or annoying by their peers, and may have trouble following social norms and rules.
- Children with ADHD may have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact us today at one of our locations. We see clients in Warwick, Cranston, and Johnston Rhode Island. We would be happy to share how we can help your child achieve success and grow.