Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder show a pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typical of a child their age.
This pattern of behaviour must be observable both at home and at school. Children suffering from ADHD often fail to pay close attention to detail in their schoolwork or other tasks, and their work is often messy and completed in a hurry. They often find it hard to stick with tasks until they are finished, and may move quickly from one task to another. Children with ADHD often appear as if their mind is elsewhere, and that they are not listening to what is being said.
These children are often fidgety and have difficulty staying seated at school or while at the dinner table or watching TV. They often have difficulty playing quietly and seem to talk excessively. Children suffering from ADHD are often impatient and have difficulty waiting their turn. They may make comments out of turn, interrupt others, grab objects from others, fail to listen to instructions and generally disrupt others.
What should I look for?
- Does your child make careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities?
- Does your child have difficulty remaining interested in play activities or tasks?
- Does your child appear not to listen when spoken to directly?
- Does your child fail to follow through on instructions?
- Does your child have difficulty organising tasks and activities?
- Does your child avoid tasks that require sustained attention such as homework?
- Is your child often forgetful?
- Does your child often fidget or appear uncomfortable?
- Does your child leave their seat in the classroom or where staying seated is expected?
- Is your school-aged child “on the go” or "driven by a motor"?
- Does your child talk excessively?
- Does your child blurt out answers before a question is completed?
- Does your child often interrupt others?
What can the Quirky Kid Clinic do for my child?
The Quirky Kid Clinic is a unique place for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years. We work from the child’s perspective to help them find their own solutions. If you suspect your child may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD you might consider one of the following options:
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- American Psychiatric Association:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000