Developmental Disabilities

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder that often extends into adulthood. Children with ADHD may experience a combination of problems such as difficulty paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviors, or being hyperactive. Many young children are hyperactive and busy by nature, which is a normal part of child development. However, when a child’s behavior starts to impact their ability to learn or participate in group activities either at school or with friends, it should be discussed with a doctor or healthcare provider.

ADHD is usually categorized into the following subtypes:

  •  Children may be hyperactive and constantly running, jumping, and climbing (especially smaller children). They may fidget, talk a lot and find it hard to sit still for an extended period of time. Additionally, children will tend to be restless and impulsive. Impulsive actions may include interrupting other people, speaking at inappropriate times, or grabbing things from others.
  •  Children are easily distracted and find it difficult to finish tasks, pay attention to details, or follow instructions.
  •  Most children tend to have then combined type of ADHD. The two types described above will be equally present in these children.

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