Signs of ADD/ADHD You Shouldn’t Ignore

Signs of ADD/ADHD You Shouldn’t Ignore

by Natalie (SU)
Let’s face it. Little kids are balls of energy, capable of running circles around most adults. On a good day, they could exhaust even the most seasoned parent. Childhood is the time for exploration, pushing boundaries, and discovering limits. Toddlers, preschoolers and even younger school-age children are busy learning how to be functioning members of society. There will be missteps and moments when they just can’t “play by the rules”, but knowing when this behavior is developmentally appropriate, and being able to identify when there might be something more going on, will allow parents, teachers and caregivers the insight to ensure that all children are given what they need to succeed. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 8-10% of children, and is a disorder that results in hyperactivity, difficulties in concentration or paying attention, and problems with impulse control. While adults can also have the disorder, it always originates in childhood, often diagnosed in the preschool or early school-aged years. If untreated, it can affect the child’s concentration, school performance, behavior, emotional wellbeing, and social skills. So, it is important to know what the signs of ADHD are that should not be ignored.