Do you know a child diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Chances are if you are a teacher or another adult working with children or are a parent of a child with ADHD you know first hand the impulsive behavior hyperactive behavior and inability to pay attention that can lead to poor performance in school, at home or to the low self-esteem that so many children with ADHD develop. A child with ADHD often has trouble with relationships with peers or family members. All of these situations and behaviors are what one might expect to witness when a child has ADHD. Psychological counseling and medications can have a minimizing effect on these behaviors and there have been noticeable improvements seen when children receive ongoing treatment. In fact according to CNNhealth.com children being treated for ADHD can grow up to lead lives as adults that are active and successful. What are the facts surrounding ADHD that parents and other adults dealing with children with ADHD should be aware of?
Identifying a child that may have ADHD
The first thing that adults should know is how to identify a child that may need to be evaluated for ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD include an inability to pay close attention when instruction is given that may result in frequent mistakes that appear careless in nature. A child may have difficulty staying on task when trying to complete an assignment or even when playing. The child may appear to not be paying attention when being spoken to directly and may seem to have difficulty following verbal instructions which delays completion of schoolwork or tasks at home. Children with ADHD typically avoid any task that requires sustained mental effort and is the child most likely to lose things like school papers, library books, and toys or school supplies. Children with ADHD were the ones that were typically accused of being forgetful. They are often seen fidgeting in their seats or getting up and leaving when they are not supposed to or they are the ones that talk out of turn or talk excessively. They may have a difficult time taking turns and often interrupt others or intrude on conversations others are having.
It is often the schoolteacher that first brings symptoms of ADHD to the attention of the child’s parents. The more regimented schedule of the classroom and the demands put on children to pay attention, to perform and to complete tasks on time are often the reason why children with difficulty accomplishing these things are brought to the attention of the adults in charge.
Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious at the start of a school year or during the time just before or just after a holiday break because all children have difficulty paying attention or have a hard time sitting still. Usually a teacher will take notice if a child exhibits these symptoms over a long period of time or when a child regularly disrupts the classroom or causes problems with classmates or other adults.
It is true that not only do all children experience inattentiveness, impulsive behavior and even hyperactivity from time to time because of special events or situations but a child suspected of having ADHD will exhibit these behaviors on a steady basis.
When a child’s behavior causes an adult to question the child’s ability to function in the classroom, other social setting or at home it is time to have the child professionally evaluated. The child’s pediatrician can recommend a specialist to conduct this evaluation.
ADHD symptoms and behaviors can have a tremendous impact on the children you know. Recognizing the symptoms and getting help is the best thing any adult can do for a child.
CNNhealth.com Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/mentalhealth/adhd/index.html