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Knowing The Signs of ADHD

This week, the Triple P Team offers their tips for recognizing the signs of ADHD, as well as ways to help children succeed.


It’s not uncommon for elementary school-aged children to get restless or bored easily; squirm around in their chair at school; or make silly noises at inappropriate times. But when a child has trouble finishing their school assignments, squirms so much they fall out of their seat, or seems to show little control over the sounds coming out of their mouth, parents begin to wonder whether it’s just kid behavior or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. It affects 4% to 12% of school-aged children. Parents and teachers tend to observe these signs:

To be considered ADHD, these behaviors have to occur regularly and in more than just one setting (home, school, or out in the community). The school system can be helpful in establishing a basis for seeking a diagnosis. As part of the diagnosis process, the teacher may need to complete a checklist—a child with ADHD may qualify for extra help in school, including making adaptations for learning in more active ways or taking extra breaks.

If you suspect your child has ADHD, have a conversation about it with your pediatrician. With the guidance of your pediatrician, you can decide whether or not to seek out more help.

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