We all know kids who can get fidgety, struggle with listening, struggle with social cues, and have difficulty following instructions no matter how clearly they are presented, .
While it’s normal for kids to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class or act without thinking- inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD can make it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses and movements.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity (though all three aren’t always prominent in one child).
Children with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Effects of these symptoms can lead to trouble at school, difficulty making friends, lowered self-esteem, and discord in the family.
Your child can receive support through individual sessions to learn management skills. With professional guidance and compassion, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to share how I can offer support.