How to Recognize if Your Child Could Have ADHD
February 22nd, 2016 by JCOS Admin
Just because a child is hyperactive, forgetful, fidgety, or acts out does not necessarily mean they have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most young children exhibit these types of behaviors at some point. It is when they are become ongoing and continuous that parents should be concerned, as it could be an indication the child has ADHD.
ADHD normally presents itself in young children, though adults can also be diagnosed. It is often difficult for parents to determine whether their child is behaving normally or if they have ADHD. If you notice a few of the potential signs of ADHD, yet they only appear to be occurring from time to time or in specific circumstances, it does not necessarily mean your child has ADHD. On the other hand, if these signs are more constant and seem to occur in a variety of settings, including at home and at school, you will probably want to get an official opinion from a qualified medical practitioner.
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, it is important to learn what struggles they are facing. Once these issues are identified, it makes it easier for you to work with your child, their school, and their teachers to find creative methods to help your child overcome the challenges posed by ADHD. In addition, for some children, a change from a traditional learning environment to special schools for children with ADHD can also help.
Common Myths about ADHD
As a parent, it is sometimes difficult discerning through all the information and misinformation about ADHD. The following are some of the more common myths people sometimes believe to be fact when researching and learning more about ADHD.
Myth #1: Medications are the best way to treat ADHD.
Fact: While medication can be beneficial from some children, it is not always the most effective or best way to treat ADHD. An effective treatment plan involves educating parents and children about ADHD, developing regular fitness and exercise plans, creating effective learning programs at school and at home, and eating a healthy diet.
Myth # 2: Children with ADHD are always hyperactive.
Fact: Not all children with ADHD are hyperactive. Some can seem unmotivated, lazy, inattentive, and disconnected, too.
Myth #3: Children with ADHD never listen or pay attention.
Fact: If the child finds the subject interesting or enjoyable, they are able to pay attention and concentrate. Where a child with ADHD has problems concentrating is on subjects they find overly repetitive or boring.
Myth # 4: Children with ADHD just need to be disciplined more often.
Fact: Most children with ADHD do try hard to follow rules and behave, yet their condition makes it difficult to maintain focused, so they can appear to be acting badly, even though they are not misbehaving intentionally.
Myth # 5: Children with ADHD will eventually outgrow it.
Fact: ADHD does not ever go away and will continue to into adulthood. By developing an effective treatment plan while they are young, children with ADHD are able to better manage their condition as adults.
. To learn more about effective learning environments for children with ADHD, do not hesitate to contact John Cardinal O’Connor School at 914-591-9330 today to arrange a tour of our special school for ADHD in Irvington, New York.