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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects behaviour and concentration. Children with ADHD often seem unusually restless, impulsive, or distracted. There are also lots of positives to ADHD such as energy and enthusiasm, a keen sense of right and wrong, creativity, and hyper-focus.
Common behaviours seen in children with ADHD
Every child is unique, so they can behave in very different ways. However, there are several common behaviours many children with ADHD show.
- Inattention: short attention span, appearing forgetful, appearing not to listen, difficulty organising tasks.
- Impulsivity: acting without thinking, interrupting conversations, being unable to wait their turn, little or no sense of danger
- Hyperactivity: constantly fidgeting, excessive physical movement, unable to sit still, excessive talking
Children are often diagnosed when they are between 3 and 7 years old, and boys are more commonly diagnosed than girls. Girls can have ADHD too, but can often show different behaviours to boys.