Attention and Impulsivity
Attention, Impulsivity and High Levels of Activity

Just because your child is struggling with paying attention, daydreaming and/or is extremely active does not necessarily mean that they have ADHD.  There can be many causes of difficulty in these areas and it is important to work with experts to determine what might be the cause of your child's difficulties.  

It's also important to keep in mind what may be developmentally appropriate for your child's age level,  a kindergardener is much more active and has a shorter attention span that a 5th grader. However, if your child is struggling much more than other students of the same age and that level of activity or inattention is impairing your child's ability to learn then it may be time to consider taking action.  Talk with your child's teachers to see if they are noticing the same concerns. 

Many people start with their pediatrician, and some insurance plans may require this, however many families have found it helpful to pursue an evaluation through a private practice or agency have expertise in working with children in this area of difficulty so that an accurate diagnosis(or rule-out) can be made considering all possible causes.

Treatment options include medication, parent training and support, and dietary changes.  There is no one right answer that will fit every child and every family, that's why it is so important to work with an expert you trust. You may even need to try out more than one professional in your pursuit of finding the right support.   

A child with ADHD often shows some of the following: 

        • trouble paying attention 
        • inattention to details and makes careless mistakes 
        • easily distracted 
        • loses school supplies, forgets to turn in homework 
        • trouble finishing class work and homework 
        • trouble listening 
        • trouble following multiple adult commands 
        • blurts out answers 
        • impatience 
        • fidgets or squirms 
        • leaves seat and runs about or climbs excessively 
        • seems "on the go" 
        • talks too much and has difficulty playing quietly 
        • interrupts or intrudes on others

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 Support and Information

Want to know more?

Check out your local chapter of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).  They often offer regular parent support groups and speakers or trainings for new strategies and ideas.

Western Wayne CHADD Meets Monday Nights 7 PM, Northville High School Room 141
Email for more information about their calendar and speaker schedule 

Eastern Oakland County CHADD Meets Monday Nights 7:30 PM, at Way Elementary School, Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills. Call for more information at 248-988-6716.