Darlene Jevne founded St. Christopher Academy to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning disorders to overcome their difficulties. Below, Ms. Jevne provides advice on recognizing ADHD in children.
ADHD encompasses several related conditions, and therefore, the symptoms vary depending on the individual. The main markers of ADHD are the inability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Any of these characteristics may be present in combination. In order for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, there must be clear evidence of interference in the child’s functioning in more than one environment, such as at home and in school.
Children who have inattentive ADHD symptoms display trouble paying attention and they may make mistakes out of apparent carelessness. Small, trivial distractions can derail their activities, and they might have trouble listening to others, following conversations, finishing their homework, or fulfilling their responsibilities. These children also tend to be forgetful, and they rapidly change from one activity to another.
Impulsive symptoms of ADHD range from impatience and difficulty waiting for one’s turn to starting conversations at inappropriate times, interrupting others, or shouting out responses. Children demonstrating hyperactive ADHD symptoms are often unable to sit still and may fidget constantly. They may talk or move around almost all the time, or appear restless.
These ADHD symptoms and others usually appear between infancy and adolescence. Science does not entirely understand what causes ADHD.
If you suspect your child may be suffering from this condition, have him or her assessed by a school counselor or health professional. For more information on recognizing ADHD, check out this video: