How to Support Your Child With ADHD

Child with ADHD

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Suitable for: Families of primary-age children

 

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.

 

 

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