Could Your Child Have ADHD?
Every child displays some of the following behaviors some of the time--but for kids with ADHD, the extent of these behaviors makes it difficult for them to function. Ask yourself:
- Does your child have trouble listening when you ask her to do something?
- Is he more easily excitable or fidgety than other kids?
- Is your home life filled with conflicts over mealtime, bedtime, and brushing teeth?
- Has your child's teacher raised concerns about his behavior?
- Is she easily distracted? Particularly forgetful?
- Does he blame others for his shortcomings?
- Does she have trouble getting along with friends?
If you answer yes to many of these questions, talk to your doctor. He may refer you to a mental-health professional specializing in ADHD, who can begin the diagnostic process. Once a child is diagnosed, it's time to meet with his teacher (or guidance counselor, or principal) to find out which accommodations he might qualify for, free of charge.