Summer is a great time of year in Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and all around the Triangle, NC. Outside activities are now everywhere. It is fun to watch the children play outside, in the neighborhood, at the pool and on the playground; it is also the best time to watch their behavior and their interactions. As we all know, children indeed will misbehave and act impulsively. It is all part of growing up. But sometimes there are signs that the children might exhibit that can lead to a parent thinking that ADHD might be playing a role in the behavior.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), almost 10 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. So it makes sense that you assess your children’s behavior when they are the most active and involved with others on an interpersonal basis.
Diagnosing ADHD is no simple process. But there are warning signs to look for before taking your child to us to get tested:
- Impulsive: Although all kids are impulsive to a certain degree; interrupting others, hating to wait in line, blurting out answers before questions are finished and jumping into conversations could be symptoms.
- Hyperactive: Fidgeting and squirming, especially in a time out or when told to sit still, might be clues. Getting up in class without permission, not working quietly, over talking, and over-exuberance are also indications of ADHD.
- Inattention: Making careless mistakes with homework and not keeping up with activities and assignments are signs of distraction. Not following directions, losing homework assignments and school supplies, are also signs of inattention. Even forgetfulness with daily and normal activities might be symptoms.
As was said earlier, diagnosis can be challenging. Not every difficult child has ADHD. Many children can misbehave, act hyper, and lose their homework. Look for frequent and specific signals. Because children with ADHD have challenges that affects everyone in the family and can inhibit normal life, noticing potential problems is critical.
If you have a child that exhibits the above symptoms on a regular basis across a variety of settings, we can help. Consulting a doctor is the start of the return for normalcy for both the child and the parent.
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