What are the symptoms of ADHD disorder in children?

The Symptoms of ADHD disorder in children can be very obvious or mistaken for normal childhood rambunctiousness. Since ADHD has only been recently recognized by the medical community, parents with an ADHD child are often at the mercy of the latest research, which is subject to expert’s disapproval at any time. Some of the scientific theories that are well-known today (like the idea that germs cause disease) were not readily accepted when they were first introduced. Likewise, things that medicine once believed were valuable (like bloodletting with leeches) are now no longer common. Learning the symptoms of ADHD are often a parent’s first steps toward getting their child the care that he or she needs.

Difficulty concentrating is one symptom of ADHD. Be aware of a nervous, fidgeting or squirming that indicates that the child is having trouble paying attention or concentrating on things. A hungry child who can’t seem to sit still long enough to eat could be displaying signs of ADHD. Leaving their seat in a classroom, church or during a family meal, climbing around or excessive tapping, or drumming can all be signs that th child is having trouble in this area. This is especially true if the topic is otherwise interesting to the child. Some people mistakenly believe that their ADHD child isn’t interested in the subject matter. In order to test the theory, see how they react to something that you know they’re interested in.

Hyperactivity is the difference between ADD and ADHD. Where an ADD child’s mind may wander off while they stare into space thinking of things they find far more interesting than math; an ADHD child will be bouncing off of the walls, to measure how many of their feet it takes to reach each corner of the ceiling. If your child can be described as excitable, if they frequently lose their temper, they’re restless or overactive, disturbing to other children, moody, frustrated or downright defiant, they might be having trouble handling their own energy levels. The inability to control one’s own impulses can be frightening for children, and is often the root of hostile behavior. Be sure that your child is in an environment where the authorities understand ADHD, and can find creative ways to meet his need for activity, without disrupting the order of the class room.

Social issues that affect kids with ADHD can include difficulty making friends, inability to function in a group setting, having a hard time transitioning to the next activity, trouble getting started on classroom assignments, difficulty staying on task during an assignment, or sitting quietly afterward. Sometimes, because of the emotional difficulties, which can include violent outbursts and tantrums, ADHD kids can be social outcasts, ostracized by their peers. An environment where leadership is respectful and encourages situations where ADHD kids can succeed is important.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of ADHD can help parents create healthy learning environments for their children. Every child deserves to grow and mature without feeling like they’re defective or damaged. When the child is having a hard time in his environment, the best way to help them succeed academically, socially and emotionally is to offer them an environment that is supportive and loving. Knowing their needs is the first step in being able to guide them to success.

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