Common Symptoms of Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Parents are wondering if their child has attention deficit disorder. Some parents are being told by their child’s teacher that their child has ADD. Others are questioning it themselves.
ADD or ADHD is nothing to be scared of. I know life can be quite difficult at times when you have a child with ADD. Not only have I taught many students over the years with ADD, one of my son’s also has ADD. The good news is there is a lot that can be done to get through life and learning with greater ease once you know what is going on. One of the most critical things is to understand what is going on, then you are able to deal with it and cope with greater ease.
Here is a list of common symptoms of ADD/ADHD:
Eighteen typical symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are:
- Not following through with instructions.
- Not paying attention appropriately to what they need to attend to.
- Seeming not to listen.
- Being disorganized.
- Having poor handwriting.
- Missing details.
- Appearing to be easily distracted.
- Appearing fidgety.
- Being verbally impulsive.
- Difficulty waiting for their turn.
- Acting on impulse regardless of consequences.
- Do not give close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities
- Have trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities
- Fail to finish schoolwork or chores
- Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time
- Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
- Is often easily distracted
- Is often forgetful in daily activities
Note: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Remember, not all people with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) have all of these difficulties, and they usually do not have all of these difficulties all of the time. It is also important to know that everybody has some of these symptoms some of the time.
There are many things you can do as a parent to help your kids with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Look for part two where I will go into more depth on attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) In the meantime, for more information on attention deficit disorder you will want to check out