Children are full of life and energy. In fact, you want a healthy child to run around and be active with other children. However, for some parents, the line between energetic and ADHD becomes blurred. Despite the fact that many children grow out of this kind of hyper, talkative activity, a small percentage may not. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6.5 of school age children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Here are some of the signs parents should look for to see if their child has ADHD or is just an active, growing child:
Where they are rowdy in all settings. Kids tend to wind themselves up in specific settings, so it’s not something to worry about if they’re suddenly very excited at a friend’s house or a playground they enjoy. That’s different from ADHD children, who are consistently hyperactive no matter where they are. Climbing and playing where it’s not appropriate, or difficulty playing quietly, could be troubling signs of ADHD.
When they will not accept discipline. Of course a child is going to disobey at some point, but for the most part, if they can handle taking a punishment from their parent, it’s not cause for concern. Even an abundantly naughty child will learn to respect boundaries if taught enough times. However, if they cannot show any self-control, no matter what kind of boundaries are set, then that’s a bigger issue. ADHD kids tend to be impulsive and lacking in self-control all the time, not just on occasion.
When they never stop, even for a second. All that running, jumping, and climbing is bound to where a child out. Kids with ADHD, on the other hand, always appear to be intensely active, all the time. Oftentimes, parents describe it as “exhausting,” since there is never a break when the child rests.
When their schoolwork is suffering. Due to the impulsive nature of ADHD, it’s extremely difficult for children to even follow easy directions. They often become disorganized, forgetful, and make careless mistakes, in part because they are easily distracted. This inability to focus on details make it even harder to complete schoolwork.
When they blurt out or interrupt. Kids with lots of energy may want to scream and shout at a party, but will quiet down at home when it’s time to rest. The impulse to shout out among ADHD kids is higher, as they have trouble controlling impulses overall.
If you notice any of these signs, talk with your child, teacher, and pediatrician about whether there is a possibility of ADHD. With different broad treatment plans available, there are lots of ways to help your treat your child’s disorder, including combinations of stimulants and behavioral therapy. It’s also extremely important that you talk thoroughly with your physician about your child’s issues, as there are other things they could be diagnosed with that are not ADHD.
Author Bio: Nadia Osman is a freelance writer and blogger who writes about lots of different topics, including fertility and related topics for Cryo Bank.