Does your child have ADHD?
There’s no such thing as a routine in your house. Mornings and evenings can be a nightmare of cajoling, nagging and even shouting to just get out the door or into bed.
Finding food that they’ll eat, let alone that’s nutritious, is the next challenge. And that’s only if they sit for long enough to eat it.
While they make friends easily, keeping them is another story. Playdates go more often than they come and you’re not sure how often other parents hear from their child’s teachers, but you seem to hear from your child’s teachers regularly.
Melt-downs are a common after-school occurrence and you’re torn between succumbing to their requests for more screen-time, because you know it helps to calm them down, and the guilt of wondering how much screen-time is too much.
Because ADHD is neurodevelopmental (i.e. dependent on brain development) it's not possible to make an accurate assessment until the age of five or six years. This is when the type of behaviours, often seen in those with ADHD, would be considered grossly immature for their age and a significant departure from typical neurodevelopment.
Data from the Ministry of Health suggests 2.4% of those 18 years and younger have been diagnosed with ADHD.
If your child has ADHD this means they have to work much harder to control and filter attention, behaviours, emotions that come naturally to others of the same age. This is the nature of the "disordered" part. It commonly results in significant fatigue and an even more profound loss of control by the end of the school day
Common Symptoms of ADHD in Early Development and Childhood
Each person is likely to vary in the type, number, frequency and severity of their ADHD behaviour/symptoms but there are some definite commonalities.
POSSIBLE Early signs
MORE LIKELY TO HAVE OTHER CHALLENGES
COMMON ASSOCIATED Physical TROUBLES
Common Behaviours and Symptoms of ADHD in Adolescence
Think your child has ADHD?
By getting an assessment or diagnosis for ADHD, you can start to understand that there’s a reason for the on-going challenges you and your child have been facing.
This can be an enormous relief as well as help you, as a parent, to know when your child sincerely can’t help a behaviour versus when they are being a “little monkey”.
Understanding this as a parent or caregiver and accessing the treatments and strategies available can help your child to go on to make extraordinary contributions to society.
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