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7 Ways to Know Your Child Has ADHD

Raising Awareness During ADHD Awareness Month

During October The Health Hub Wynnum celebrates ADHD Awareness Month, a time when we focus on understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and supporting those affected by it.

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ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people of all ages, but it’s often first identified in childhood. Recognizing the signs of ADHD early is crucial for getting the right support and interventions in place. In this blog, we’ll explore seven ways to know if your child may have ADHD.

  1. Inattention and Forgetfulness: One of the hallmark symptoms of ADHD is difficulty paying attention and staying focused. Children with ADHD may often appear forgetful, struggle to complete tasks, and frequently make careless mistakes in schoolwork. They may have trouble following instructions and frequently lose or misplace items like homework, books, or toys.

  2. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: While not all children with ADHD are hyperactive, many display signs of restlessness and impulsivity. They might fidget, squirm, or have difficulty staying seated when it’s expected. Impulsivity can lead to impromptu outbursts or comments, interrupting others in conversations or games, and difficulty waiting their turn.
  3. Poor Executive Functioning: Children with ADHD often struggle with executive functions, which are cognitive skills that help with planning, organizing, and completing tasks. They might have difficulty managing time, setting goals, and initiating tasks. Homework and chores can become overwhelming for them.

  4. Difficulty in School: ADHD can significantly impact a child’s academic performance. They may have lower grades than expected based on their potential, struggle with homework completion, and have a hard time staying organized. Teachers might notice that the child is frequently distracted in class and may not follow through with assignments.

  5. Social Challenges: Children with ADHD may have difficulty maintaining relationships and friendships. Their impulsivity and inattention can lead to problems like interrupting others during conversations, not listening well, and misreading social cues. They might have trouble understanding personal space and respecting others’ boundaries.

  6. Emotional Rollercoaster: It’s not uncommon for children with ADHD to experience intense emotions. They might become easily frustrated, have mood swings, or become overly sensitive to criticism. These emotional challenges can make it harder for them to navigate social situations and cope with stress.

  7. Daydreaming and Distractibility: Children with ADHD may often appear as though they are daydreaming or “zoning out.” They can become easily distracted by their thoughts or external stimuli, making it challenging to concentrate on tasks or follow instructions consistently.

It’s important to remember that these signs are not definitive proof of ADHD. Many children may exhibit some of these behaviors from time to time, especially during developmental stages. However, when these behaviors persist and significantly impact a child’s daily life, it’s essential to seek professional evaluation and guidance.

If you suspect that your child may have ADHD, consider taking the following steps:

A. Consult your GP or Paediatrician / Psychologist, to discuss your concerns. They can provide an initial assessment and refer you to a specialist for a comprehensive evaluation if needed.

B. Contact us as the The Health Hub, our psychologist’s can conduct comprehensive assessments to determine the needs of your child (and adults) for ADHD.

NO Referrals required.

C. Educate yourself: Learn more about ADHD to better understand the condition and its management options. Knowledge is a powerful tool in helping your child thrive.

D. Explore treatment options: Depending on the diagnosis, treatment options may include behavioral therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Work closely with healthcare professionals to determine the best approach for your child.

E. Create a supportive environment: Establish routines, provide clear instructions, and offer positive reinforcement to help your child manage their symptoms. Encourage open communication and emotional support within your family.

F. Advocate for your child: Collaborate with your child’s school to ensure they receive the necessary accommodations and support to succeed academically and socially. If you are not sure how to do this, our team can help you plan the necessary steps to put in place and a comprehensive plan to engage your school with.

As we observe ADHD Awareness Month, let’s strive to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding this condition. With early recognition and appropriate interventions, children with ADHD can learn to manage their symptoms, thrive academically and socially, and lead fulfilling lives.

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