Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts both children and adults. Most children are overly energetic at times and can occasionally lose focus. However, persistent disruptive behaviors might indicate the need for an ADHD assessment.
Our team at Southfield Pediatrics in Bingham Farms and Novi, Michigan, specializes in outstanding care for infants, children, and teens. We’re also here to support parents and kids as they journey through the complexities of conditions such as ADHD.
We’ve put together a list of five signs to consider if you're wondering whether your child's behavior is typical or whether they might benefit from an ADHD assessment.
1. Persistent inattention
One of the hallmark signs of ADHD is persistent inattention. If your child frequently has trouble staying on task, often forgets daily chores, or struggles to organize the details of their morning routine, it could signal ADHD.
Everyone is distracted now and then. However, signs of ADHD aren’t just occasional. Instead, it’s a consistent pattern of forgetfulness that affects their academic success and home life.
2. Hyperactivity and impulsivity
Children with ADHD often display hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. If your child is constantly fidgeting, has difficulty sitting still, or seems to talk excessively and interrupt others, these could be indicators of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
These behaviors may lead to challenges in school, difficulties with peer relationships, and problems following instructions.
3. Academic challenges
ADHD can significantly impact a child's academic life. If your child consistently struggles with completing assignments, staying organized, and focusing during class, it may be a sign that ADHD is affecting their ability to succeed academically.
Identifying and addressing these challenges early can help provide the necessary support for improved educational outcomes. Teachers are often a valuable and reliable resource in spotting signs of ADHD during the school day.
4. Difficulty with social interactions
Children with ADHD may find it challenging to navigate social situations. They may have trouble taking turns, sharing, or waiting in line. Impulsivity can also lead to inappropriate comments or actions, making it difficult for them to form and maintain positive peer relationships.
If your child consistently faces challenges in social interactions, an ADHD assessment may be beneficial. Fortunately, behavior therapy, social skills training, and ADHD education for the child and their caregivers can help children overcome the challenges of ADHD.
5. Caregiver and teacher concerns
Early intervention and tailored strategies can make a significant difference in helping children with ADHD thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Pay attention to feedback from teachers, family members, and other caregivers.
If you consistently receive reports of disruptive behavior, academic struggles, or concerns about your child's ability to follow instructions, take these observations seriously.
It’s also essential to identify what might be age-appropriate behavior versus signs of ADHD. Remember that every child is unique; distractibility, extra energy, and impulsivity don’t always indicate ADHD.
Our Southfield Pediatrics team can help. For more information about ADHD screening, schedule an evaluation today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.