Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental health condition the affects much of a child’s life including relationships and their success within the classroom.
Unfortunately, the signs of ADHD are often quite tricky to spot and are often mistaken for behavioural issues. It is also important to note that the symptoms aren’t the same from person to person and they will vary in strength for each one.
ADHD Symptoms in children:
- Non-Recognition of Others’ Needs and Desires
This is a common sign for ADHD. Examples of this could be students who have difficulty waiting for their turn during activities and in playing games. They may also talk over people or disrupt or interrupt them when they’re talking.
- They find it difficult to keep in their emotions.
Outbursts of anger at inappropriate moments or throwing temper tantrums are a very common sign that a child has ADHD.
These symptoms are almost always present by the time the child reaches the age of 7. Here are some examples of the symptoms you may notice:
- Fidgeting and squirming when seated
- Running and walking around often
- Excessive and inappropriate climbing or running
- Difficulty to play quietly or take part in quiet activities
- “on the go” constantly
- Talking Excessively
- No Patience
- Blurting out answers
- Interrupting or intruding on others, causing problems
- Initiating inappropriate conversations
The above symptoms are not the only ones to look for and you may notice other things that orent listed here. But generally speaking if you are noticing the mentioned qualities in a student or child it could be they have ADHD and it is best to speak to their parents to seek the best options for the pupil.
You may find that you can tailor some resources and activities to cater for ADHD pupils in your classes and therefor get them involved and active within their means much more easily.
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