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Coping with ADHD

Children have lots of energy and can sometimes have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior. Some children, however, have more difficulty then others and it affects their academic and home life.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11% of school-age children (Visser, et al., 2014). For some, symptoms can continue into adulthood in more then 75% of cases (Brown, 2013).

ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Presentation

Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes

Has difficulty sustaining attention

Does not appear to listen

Struggles to follow through with instructions

Has difficulty with organization

Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort

Loses things

Is easily distracted

Is forgetful in daily activities

ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive

Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair

Has difficulty remaining seated

Runs about or climbs excessively in children; extreme restlessness in adults

Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside as if they are driven by a motor

Difficulty engaging in activities quietly

Talks excessively

Interrupts or intrudes upon others

Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

Difficulty waiting or taking turns