Could my child have ADHD?


*Disclaimer: Engaged Academics, LLC does not diagnose children with ADHD. We do however, help parents make informed decisions on treatment. We are not clinicians. We are educational professionals. We do work with children with ADHD and help them succeed regularly. The main purpose of this text is to help inform you of ADHD and when to seek medical advice.

When are inattentiveness and the inability to focus and sit still more than just a childhood behavior? All children can, and probably will, experience some sort of the previously mentioned characteristics at some time. So, when is it time to worry about ADHD?

ADHD, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning and development. (NIMH)

Interesting Fact: Boys are diagnosed at a rate 3x higher than girls and girls are often under-diagnosed. This is possibly due to boys showing the signs more so than the girls.

So, when is it time to bring in a professional? Below are some signs you can look for:

Inattentiveness

  • Overlook or miss details

  • Make careless mistakes in schoolwork or during activities

  • Problems sustaining attention in tasks or play, conversation, lectures, or lengthy reading

  • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to

  • Not follow through on instructions and fail to finish school work, chores, etc

  • Easily and quickly loses focus or gets sidetracked

  • Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort

  • Losing necessary things needed to complete tasks or assignments

  • Forgetful of daily activities

Hyperactivity-Impulsiveness

  • Fidgety and squirmy

  • Leaves seat or fails to stay seated unexpectedly

  • Runs or climbs in inappropriate situations

  • Unable to play quietly

  • Blurts out without waiting for the conversation to end

  • Can’t wait his/her turn to do something

  • Interrupts others during conversations, activities or games

There is no cure for ADHD; however, there are treatments that can help manage and reduce the symptoms. These are medication and psychotherapy. At Engaged Academics, we’d never tell that one option is better than the other. We will work with you and your child as you navigate the treatment option you have determined best for your child and your family.

In closing, if you think your child may have ADHD, consult a professional. Then, stay informed, ask for help when you need it, and work with a group of professionals that assist you.

Children with ADHD are not turned away from Engaged Academics. We are trained, and have experience working with students of multiple abilities. We are just a phone call away.

Try this diagnostic from ADDitude Inside the ADHD Mind website.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2018, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml


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