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Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often.
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Fidget and squirm in their seats
Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
Be constantly in motion
Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities
Leah Headings uses a combination of techniques in considering a possible diagnosis of ADHD. Information is gathered from the parents and the school, and the child is observed in the counseling sessions. When gathering information, other possible causes for the symptoms will be considered and ruled out.
In evaluating symptoms, the following questions will be considered:
Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
Have difficulty focusing on one thing
Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something enjoyable
Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
Not seem to listen when spoken to
Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
Struggle to follow instructions
Be very impatient
Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games
Often interrupt conversations or others' activities
Children with ADHD need guidance and understanding from their parents and teachers to reach their full potential and to succeed in school. Before a child is diagnosed, frustration, blame, and anger may have built up within a family. Parents and children may need special help to overcome bad feelings.
At Child and Family Counseling parents receive education to understand the symptoms and how they affect their child, and behavior management techniques to help them manage the behavior.
Other non-medicinal interventions such as diet and recommended vitamins and nutrients are also offered for interested parents. Support and education on how to help the child be successful in school and manage homework are also provided. In addition, it is very beneficial for the child to receive psychotherapy.
Therapy may teach children social skills, such as how to wait their turn, share toys, ask for help, or respond to teasing. Learning to read facial expressions and the tone of voice in others, and how to respond appropriately can also be part of social skills training. This is usually accomplished through Play Therapy.
Recognizing ADHD symptoms and seeking help early will lead to better outcomes for both affected children and their families. Let Child and Family Counseling help you!
Are the behaviors excessive, and do they affect all aspects of the child's life?
Do they happen more often in this child compared with the child's peers?
Are the behaviors a continuous problem or a response to a temporary situation?
Do the behaviors occur in several settings or only in one place, such as the playground, classroom, or home?