Some children can’t sit still, seem to never listen, blurt out inappropriate comments or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly it is presented to them.
While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class or act without thinking- inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD). ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Children with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, problems can occur if left unaddressed. Children who can’t focus, control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem. Medication may be beneficial but parents/guardians are often wary. There is strong evidence showing that medication prescribed for ADHD and ADD is significantly more effective with counseling; often times resulting in elimination of the need for medication. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about attention related therapy, please contact us today.