Parents are distressed when they receive a note from school saying that their child “won’t listen to the teacher” or “causes trouble in class”. One possible reason for this kind of behavior is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Even though the child with ADHD often wants to be a good student, the impulsive behavior and difficulty paying attention in class frequently interferes and causes problems. Teachers, parents, and friends know that the child is “misbehaving” or “different” but they may not be able to tell what is wrong.
Any child may show inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, or hyperactivity at times, but the child with ADHD shows these symptoms and behaviors more frequently and severely than other children of the same age or developmental level.
ADHD occurs in 3-5% of school age children. ADHD must occur before the age of seven and it can continue into adulthood. A child with ADHD often shows some of the following:
If you think your child is suffering from ADHD, call Region 8 today at 824-0342.
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