What are the key symptoms of ADHD in children?

08 Jul
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I know a child who is ten years old and faces a lot of problem in focussing his attention on a particular thing. He keeps on moving from one place to another and interrupts a lot when he is not a part of the conversation. Even while studying he keeps on moving on his chair or keeps on fidgeting with the stuff kept on the table. He gets irritated when things don't work the way he wants them to work. He is over competitive even with people who are not his age. However, he has a high IQ and faces no such problem with his school and is a bright student. His parents are a bit tensed about his hyperactive nature. Are these the symptoms of ADHD? If yes, can his condition improve?

Responses 4

  • Aishwarya K
    Aishwarya K   Jul 30, 2017 05:43 PM

    Hey! It’s nice to see that you care about this child’s development. If you say that he has not been getting enough attention from his parents towards his studies, then I think it is important that his parents start focusing more on his work. Teachers play an important role in a child’s learning and development, but it is very important to keep learning and revising outside of school as well. Learning for a child is enhanced when there is someone to guide him/her so the child learns in the correct way. Therefore, outside school parents should guide their children with homework and make sure that the child puts in ample time in his/her studies.

    If the parents are too busy, then they should hire a tutor who can pay individual attention to the child so that he doesn’t lag behind. Sometimes, just a little individual attention and a little encouragement can make all the difference in a child’s learning and development. New methods should be adopted to teach him so that he gets a better understanding of the concepts. The parents or tutor need to figure out where the child is a visual learner or auditory learner and then teach him through those methods.

  • Mukul Arora
    Mukul Arora   Jul 27, 2017 03:55 PM

    Hey there!

    The signs that you have presented are tending towards ADHD. My brother was diagnose with the same presenting the similar signs . But if you say he is a bright student then how can we say he has attention disorder. Both the points are contradicting with each other. But at first we have to realise he is a child and it is not necessary that he is same as any other child . His behavior can be different . But instead of talking about this stuff from others it is best to seek professinal help and figure the stuff out

  • Sai Deepthi
    Sai Deepthi   Jul 25, 2017 02:22 PM

    Hello there!

    The points that you mentioned there cannot be connected to ADHD. He's a kid and kids are always active and cannot be asked to stay at a single place. They have their mind being attracted to a lot of things. If keenly observed, every kid is the same way. And talking about his irritation when things don't work their way is a small matter, everyone develops this and do not show. Sometimes, his competitive nature might also be his point of irritation.  He just needs to be told in a right manner by his parents that it is wrong. If you are still worried about his concentration problem, join him in Abacus classes. It helps in concentration, memory and math skills. 

     

    Take care :)

  • Shubhanshi Singh
    Shubhanshi Singh   Jul 11, 2017 01:55 PM

    Hello there! 

    Young children have a tendency to be curious about things, they have more energy level than others, they are more playful and excited about things. It is obvious for people to confuse this extreme activity with ADHD. However, it is a possibility that the child is suffering from ADHD if his hyperactivity is more than the other kids of his age. All the symptoms you mentioned direct ADHD. For clarity, you can get the child diagnosed to a psychologist/ psychiatrist. 

    Yes, his conditions can improve. There are different types of medications and treatment to cure this. It is unlikely for a child to completely get rid of his hyperactivity but it can be reduced to a minimal. 

    It is important for parents to not scold their child for being hyperactive or treat him abnormally. He is a child, if you tell him that he is not normal, it might have a negative impact on his sense of self. Teach him the right way of doing things. Spend time with him and help him focus on one thing such as play throw and catch with a ball, let him focus all his attention on catching the ball. 

    Pre plan the consequences of his actions so he doesn't end up harming others or himself with his hyperactivity.