ADHD

ADHD, sometimes called ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects lots of children, whether they've been formally diagnosed or simply exhibit hyperactive, inattentive, or impulsive behavior. Read about non-drug alternative methods of helping ADHD kids.

List of ADHD Symptoms & Treatments

List of ADHD SymptomsList of ADHD Symptoms:

  • Has difficulty paying close attention to details or makes careless mistakes on homework or tests.
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork.
  • Has difficulty organizing tasks.
  • Avoids schoolwork for long periods of time.
  • Often misplaces or loses assignments or books.
  • Becomes distracted easily.
  • Seems to be fidgeting all the time.
  • Has difficulty remaining seated. [Read more…]

Diagnosing ADHD

Diagnosing ADHD is not only somewhat controversial in today’s culture, but also not black and white by any means. Attention deficit disorder in children, also referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, refers to children who often have difficulty focusing their attention, listening, remembering things, staying still, and/or waiting their turn. [Read more…]

ADHD, Anxiety, or Auditory Processing Disorder?

Often it’s ADHD but it could be something else.

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what’s going on with your child. To make matters worse, many of the symptoms associated with one issue are the same for another issue.

Many of the symptoms children who have ADHD exhibit are similar to the symptoms exhibited by children who have  an Auditory Processing Disorder, an anxiety disorder or a combination.

To complicate it even more, there are several different types of ADHD: Impulsive, hyperactive, non-hyperactive, inattentive or a combination of those. [Read more…]

How to Help ADHD Kids

So many children today have a hard time focusing. They can’t stay on task. They’re easily distracted. Learning and school success are at risk. Perhaps he’s hyperactive. Or maybe she’s just “zoning out.” 

Some hyperactive kids can’t control their behavior. They act impulsively. Shawn blurts out answers at school. Brittany makes poor choices without thinking. Some of these kids have ADHD. Others don’t.

But whether your child has ADHD or just can’t focus, these strategies will help parents help their children to be more successful at school, to learn more, and to be more cooperative at home. And a note to teachers: several of these strategies will work in your classroom too. And you can certainly suggest them to parents. [Read more…]

Do You Think My Kid Has ADHD?

Parents often ask me if I think their children have ADHD since they just can’t sit still.  ADHD certainly is common enough.  Running around instead of sitting still, however, isn’t the only symptom of ADHD.

Attention deficit disorder in children, also referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, refers to children who often have difficulty focusing their attention. They have trouble listening, remembering things, staying still, and/or waiting their turn. Their school success, education, and learning are affected.

Psychologists and psychiatrists use the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Addition, DSM-IV) to diagnose ADHD. [Read more…]