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What are signs of ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) in kids?

Constance Mofunanya, DNP
Pediatric Nursing Specialist

Specific symptoms of inattention are

  • Dose not pay attention to detail
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention at school
  • Dose not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Does not follow through on instructions or finish task
  • Has difficulty organizing task
  • Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that requires sustained mental effort
  • Often losses things
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful

Specific symptoms of hyperactivities are

  • Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms
  • Often leaves seat in class room or elsewhere
  • Often runs about or climbs excessively
  • Has difficulty playing quietly
  • Often on the g, acting as if driven by motor
  • Often talks excessively

Specific symptoms of Impulsivity

  • Often blurts out answers before question are completed
  • Often has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Often interrupts and intrudes on others

It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD might:

  • have a hard time paying attention
  • daydream a lot 
  • not seem to listen
  • be easily distracted from schoolwork or play 
  • forget things 
  • be in constant motion or unable to stay seated
  • squirm or fidget
  • talk too much
  • not be able to play quietly
  • act and speak without thinking
  • have trouble taking turns
  • interrupt others

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