What is ADHD?ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) isan ongoing behavior disorder typically diagnosedat age five or six, although the symptoms haveusually been observed much earlier than this age.The three key symptoms are: Inattention Hyperactivity Impulsivity
These symptoms typically interfere with the childs functioning insocial and academic settings. To meet the diagnostic criteria, thesesymptoms, exemplified must have been present for at least sixmonths.
Impulsivity Symptoms in ADHDThe child often blurts out answers before the questionshave been completed
Impulsivity Symptoms in ADHDThe child often experiences difficulty awaiting his or herturn
Impulsivity Symptoms in ADHDThe child often interrupts or intrudes on others (forexample, butts into conversations or games).
Early recognition is key to treatment of ADHDOne can see why there is an age limitation on thesebehaviors being defined as "abnormal," as the majorityof them are typical of much younger children. But in thenon-ADHD child, these behaviors are typically outgrown.And, of course, there are a variety of other conditions inwhich these symptoms occur other than ADHD. Yourdoctor must carry out a very detailed evaluation beforethe diagnosis of ADHD is made. But please dont delay! Ifyou or your childs teachers suspect ADHD, begin theevaluation as soon as possible. Early recognition andtreatment of ADHD can improve your childs chances forlong-term social and academic success
While there is no proven way to prevent ADHDitself, early identification and treatment can preventmany of the problems associated with ADHD
Treatments Limit distractions in the child’s environment Provide one on one instruction with the teacher. Make sure the child gets enough sleep. Make sure the child gets a healthy, varied diet, with plenty of fiber and basic nutrients.