All children can be fidgety, impulsive and have short attention spans at time – it is perfectly normal.
For children with ADHD however these behaviours are more pronounced, occur frequently and in a variety of settings.
There are three groups of behaviours associated with ADHD / ADD:
Constantly on the go
Fidgets a lot - finger drumming and tapping are common
Leaves their seat when they are expected to sit still
Disruptive in class
Struggles to do activities quietly, will often make a lot of noise when playing a game
Blurts out answers without waiting for them to be asked fully
May not raise their hand in class but calls out answers
Struggles to wait their turn
Whilst waiting in line they may poke or annoy other children
Interrupts other children’s games and conversations
Makes careless mistakes
Struggles to complete tasks
Does not listen when told instructions and needs them repeating
Struggles to complete jobs at home or schoolwork
Difficulties organising tasks
Dislikes activities requiring a sustained mental effort
Becomes easily distracted by irrelevant information
Often loses things
Other symptoms common in children with ADHD or ADD:
Difficulties sleeping such as taking a long time to fall asleep
Bed wetting is common in children with ADHD
Children can be classified into three types of ADHD:
1. Predominantly inattentive (ADD) ADHD
Girls with ADHD are more likely to have this type. Children with inattentive ADHD seem to be sitting quietly, but are often not listening or paying attention. Children with Inattentive ADHD can often go undiagnosed as their behaviour is not as obviously disruptive.
2. Predominantly hyperactive – impulsive
Many of the behaviours described above are experienced by all children from time to time, which can make it hard to know if your child has ADHD. As a general rule, children with ADHD often do not act like other children their age, experience the above behaviours in a variety of settings and whilst doing a variety of activities.
If you suspect that your child might have ADHD, or perhaps are just not sure, we can help.
Our clinical advisors can offer you a free telephone consultation, where they will be able to advise on the best options for your family. Clinical Partners have a team of child and adolescent psychiatrists who are able to offer private assessments for ADHD, often within a few days.
To speak to someone today about how we can help you please call 020 3761 7026 or contact us to request a call back.