Does Your Child Show Signs of ADHD?
As a parent, you want the best for your child. You need them to feel supported and safe so that they can grow and mature into wonderful, beautiful adults. And you’re concerned that your child is showing signs of ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms can be subtle until you know what to look for. If you’re concerned your child has ADHD, contact Psych Associates today to schedule an ADHD evaluation.
ADHD Diagnosis Can Be Complicated
You may think that your child’s life is going to change for the worse if they have ADHD. You want to find a way to support them, but you’re afraid of how challenging it will be to raise a child with a disorder. And you may feel the need to find support in therapy or through a group to transition into your role as an ADHD parent. Know that you’re not alone.
Often, giftedness or brightness can be mistaken for ADD or ADHD. Treatment from this diagnosis focuses on “fixing” the child instead of empathizing with them and finding a way to support them in their journey through life. While an ADHD diagnosis can be complicated, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s the start of something new and special you will share with your child for the rest of your life.
Inattention Signs In Children
Children are natural scientists. They explore, test, and break things all the time. And it’s to discover how the world works. However, you may notice that your child is less attentive than most children or that they often lose items at home, school, or other routine life locations. Look for these signs to determine if you may want to bring your child in for ADHD evaluation and testing:
- Pays little-to-no attention to detail
- Makes careless, seemingly obvious mistakes in homework or chores
- Seems to ignore direction or instruction directly from others
- Shows trouble paying attention to tasks or activities
- Avoids or shows disdain for tasks or activities that requires sustained attention
- Frequently forgets things for school, tasks, or activities
- Forgetful during daily activities
- Sounds, sights, etc easily distract during focused activities
- Shows difficulty getting organized
Hyperactivity Signs in Children
Children love to move. They actively explore the world. Movement is a huge facilitator of exploration for them. But what happens when your child struggles with sitting still when expected to? This may be a sign that your child may have ADHD. Here are the signs your child may be hyperactive:
- Moves, climbs, and runs excessively
- Squirms, fidgets, or moves constantly
- Disregards instructions to sit or stand still for a set period of time
- Disregards standing in line or taking turns
- Acts as if “run by an engine”
- Calls out or makes noise during quiet or silent games
Impulsivity Signs in Children
Your child is learning the expectations and norms of society as they grow up. But if it seems like the lessons you’re teaching aren’t sticking in their minds, it may be time to get your child evaluated for ADHD. Here are some signs your child may be struggling with ADHD:
- Yells or blurts out answers without being called on or prompted to do so
- Intrudes or interrupts conversations without being invited
- Forces thoughts and opinions on others without waiting for a response
- Ignores common conversational politeness or expectations
ADHD Evaluation and Testing Process
If you’re concerned that your child struggles with ADHD, you may want to get them evaluated and tested. The process is straightforward and simple. What’s important to understand that even if your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist have diagnosed your child with ADHD about 40% of children struggle with associated issues. A comprehensive ADHD evaluation and testing helps uncover your whole child’s experience.
Here are the general steps in an ADHD evaluation and testing process:
- An in-depth interview and documentation of your child’s history, emotional and social struggles, academic performance, and medical history.
- Behavioral observation of your child, either in the office or in school (when feasible).
- Formal neuropsychological and cognitive testing to evaluate processing speed, concentration, attention, learning, and abilities.
- Academic testing to determine the impact of ADHD on learning and memory retention.
- Behavioral, emotional, and social assessment.
- Teacher, parent/guardian, and self interviews and/or questionnaires.