Although it’s only been a couple months since school started for most children, there is no better time than the present to focus on your children’s progress, especially if they show symptoms of ADHD.
In fact, the classroom is an important setting to pay attention to. It can clearly show if your child is having any issues, both developmentally and psychologically.
During October’s ADHD Awareness Month, parents are encouraged to look out for symptoms of ADHD and check in with their children throughout the year.
Dr. Adelaide Robb, a psychopharmacologist and chief of psychology and behavioral health at Children’s National Health System, shares 15 helpful tidbits via a phone interview for parents who suspect their children could have ADHD.
1) Be aware that there are three categories of symptoms for ADHD. The first category is inattention. Examples include daydreaming, not listening to the teacher, and surfing the Internet or watching TV when they should be focusing on homework.
2) Impulsivity is the second category. An example is when a child shouts out an answer without raising her hand before the teacher called on her.
3) Hyperactivity is the third category. Examples include difficulty sitting still in class, getting up often to sharpen pencils or to get a drink of water, inability to sit quietly in the backseat of a car, and climbing in and out of seat belts.
4) Although it depends on the individual child, girls tend to show symptoms of inattention instead of a combination of hyperactivity and inattention, which is more common in boys.
5) “In school, because it’s fairly formal and we require kids to sit down and focus and pay attention, [ADHD] may show up more quickly, especially because teachers are looking at a bunch of different children the same age sitting in the classroom, and the child with ADHD who’s wiggling and hopping in and out of their chair and getting five drinks of water may stand out compared to peers.”
6) Outside of school, parents may notice symptoms during sports practices.