What is it?
ADHD is neurobehavioral disorder defined by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is more common in males than females.
What are the symptoms?
- Symptoms of inattention include: failing to pay close attention to detail appearing to not listen failing to follow instructions disliking activities that requires sustained mental effort
- Symptoms of hyperactivity include: being restless running climbing
- Symptoms of impulsivity include: blurting out answer before the question is complete frequent interruptions significant impairment in social, academic and work setting
- Maintain structural routine
- Maintain consistency in adult responses to their behaviors
- There should be appropriate behavioral goals
- Parents and clinicians should work with teachers to address the child’s needs
- Maintain daily behavioral report cards
- Social skills training
- Maintain calm environments
- Age appropriate activities that require increased level of focus
- Limit the time spent watching television
- Limit the time spent playing rapid response video games
- Avoid scolding or getting angry at them
Things to watch out for
Many children go through phases where they’re restless or inattentive. This is often completely normal and does not necessarily mean they have ADHD. However, you should consider raising your concerns with your child’s teacher, their school’s special educational needs co-ordinator or GP if you think their behaviour may be different from most children their age. It’s also a good idea to speak to your GP if you’re an adult and you think you may have ADHD but weren’t diagnosed with the condition as a child.