Raising a child with ADHD is acknowledged to be a tough work by parents.
Consider having three kids at home, what would it be like? Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder feel that way even though they have one kid.
We have to admit that taking care of a child who acts like driven by a motor, who don’t think before acting, who is unable to pay attention to anything or maintain silence is an overwhelming activity.
These are just some of the behavior of ADHD kids. We will look in detail below what was it like to have a child with ADHD. If you have doubts, you can test it with the quiz at the end. But before that, let’s have a look at what is ADHD.
According to the studies, 7.2 % of children across the globe is having trouble with ADHD. I suppose it means 7.2 % of parents feel overwhelmed. The rates are higher for boys than for girls. Culture, here, plays an important role by promoting boys to be active while punishing girls for the same behavior.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is defined as “persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development” by American Psychiatric Association.
Thus, the problem has two dimensions: hyperactivity and inattention.
Children with ADHD have difficulty in paying attention to any task or a person. Besides, they are overly active as such to be exhausting for the people around.
But how much inattention or activity is necessary to be diagnosed with ADHD? We will go into it with the checklist below.
However, culture is not the cause for a child to have ADHD for sure. Recent studies comparing the
Yet, it is important to point out here that having a genetic basis does not mean it is not curable. Our brains are formed to be perfect. Behavioral therapies are found to be effective in increasing the activities in those brain areas.
Before go deep into these details, let’s have a look at the symptoms and test your hypothesis about your kid.
How to Know If Your Child Has ADHD? Here is the Checklist.
Psychology and psychiatry world use the diagnostic criteria of DSM to decide whether a person has a certain psychological disorder or not. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders defines ADHD with two main characteristics: inattention and hyperactivity.
If your kid has six or more or the following behaviors;
- Fails to notice details or make inattentive mistakes at school or during other activities,
- Has a problem with maintaining attention during lectures, conversations or play activities,
- Leave the impression of not listening to you when there is no distraction around,
- Not be able to finish homework or other duties you give, because he easily loses focus,
- Has difficulty organizing and regulating things, like keeping his belongings in order or following order or tasks with steps.
- Be unwilling to be part of or basically avoid tasks which require sustained attention like projects or papers.
- Loses relatively important things like books, pencils, keys or cell phones.
- Distracts so easily from environmental factors.
- Forgets things like returning a call, paying bills, or other things that you asked from him, he is most probably inattentive.
On the other hand, if your kid presents six or more of the following behaviors;
- Not being able to sit without getting fidgety, or tapping hands or feet,
- Have difficulty in sitting still where it is necessary like in the classroom,
- Runs about or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate,
- Has difficulty in playing or engaging in activities quietly,
- Acts with energy as if driven by a motor,
- Talks too much,
- Answers to questions before you finish your sentence, or complete sentences of other people, unable to wait for his/her turn in a conversation,
- Unable to wait for his/her turn in a line or something,
- Interrupt other people’s activities or uses their belonging without asking permission, he/she is most probably hyperactive.
Things to Be Careful About!
All children may present one or more of the behaviors above in their lifetime. Sometimes, they seem like too distracted or having too much energy for us. However, only around 7% of those need real help.
Unlike regular kids, children with ADHD presents six or more of the behaviors above for at least six months and in a frequent manner.
Besides, these behaviors are supposed to be present before the age of 12. Sometimes, these behaviors may be related to a certain place or people. Thus, they must be present in at least two settings like at home and at school or not only around the family but also friends.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder prominently interferes with the quality of social and academic life. As these children seem like not showing respect to other people, they have trouble with maintaining friendships. Moreover, inattention and difficulty in sustaining tasks bring failure at school. Thus, these may hint you about the disorder as well.
Lastly, children may present the behaviors above for other reasons. For example, depression or anxiety is likely to result in inattentive behaviors; or psychotic disorders may be linked with hyperactivity.
Do You Think Your Kid Has ADHD? Here is a Quick Test.
In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, children are supposed to present behaviors in at least two settings. Scientists define these two settings as home environment and school by considering that they spend most of the time in these two settings.
Thus, tests considering the likelihood of ADHD in your child depends on the report of parents and teachers. Likewise, the quiz below is prepared based on The SNAP-IV Teacher and Parent Rating Scale by J.M. Swanson from the University of California.
PART A: Answer the questions below to best describe your child.
- How often you find your kid to make careless mistakes at school work?
- How often you find your kid to have difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or playing activities?
- How often you feel that he/she does not listen to you when you talk directly to him/her?
- How often does your kid fail to finish schoolwork or other duties with deadlines?
- How often does your kid lose things necessary for activities like a pen, pencil or other utensils?
- How often does your kid easily distracted from outer stimuli?
- How often does your kid forget to return your calls or miss the appointments?
PART B: Answer the questions below to best describe your child.
- How often does he/she squirm with his/her hands or feet when he/she has to sit down for a long time?
- How often does he/she act like driven by a motor as much to be overwhelming for you?
- How often does he/she complete sentences of other people as if he/she has in rush?
- How often do you find him/her talking excessively?
- How often does he/her have difficulty waiting his/her turn in a line or in a conversation?
- How often does he/she runs around or climbs in inappropriate places?
Once you complete the test, try to make his/her teacher complete it as well. Then you need to compare the results of yours with the results of teacher’s. If you have 80% or more consistency, then your results are reliable.
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