Understanding ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD is a neurological disorder that is often hereditary.

It can display as early as infancy with one symptom being that a infant has around 40 minute sleep cycles and isn't able to resettle and sleep longer periods.

There are 3 types of ADHD.

Inattentive

impulsive/ Hyperactive

And the most common Combined AHDH.

Symptoms of ADHD display differently in each person and must be significant before the age of 12.

When you are seeking assessment for ADHD your child's teacher and caregivers will be asked to respond because for a formal diagnosis to be made ADHD symptoms must be present in multiply settings.

ADHD Symptoms

Its important to remember that symptoms vary from child to child, gender also plays an important role in symptoms.

80% of Teachers believe ADHD is a problem that relates specifically to boys, This is incorrect.

Symptoms Impulsive / Hyperactive ADHD

  • being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings.

  • constantly fidgeting.

  • being unable to concentrate on tasks.

  • excessive physical movement.

  • excessive talking.

  • being unable to wait their turn.

  • acting without thinking.

  • interrupting conversations.

  • difficulty self regulating

  • Aggression towards others

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Low self esteem

  • Hyperfocus with video games, sports or an area of interest

  • Difficulty managing friendships

Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD

  • Lack of attention to detail. A child with inattentive ADHD may not pay careful attention to classroom assignments or household chores. ... 

  • Trouble staying focused. ... 

  • Frequent spaciness. ... 

  • Difficulty following instructions. ... 

  • Easily distracted. ... 

  • Forgetfulness. ... 

  • Often misplacing possessions. ... 

  • Difficulty sustaining mental effort.

  • Day dreaming

  • Fidgeting

  • Low self-esteem

  • Hyperfocus

  • Clever skills used to cover up symptoms.

  • More executive function.

  • Visual learner,

  • Difficulty working things out in their head.

  • Time more

  • Sleep issues

  • Anxiety

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ADHD is A Superpower

ADHD can become your superpower too,

Take a look at some of the worlds most influential and successful people and see how they have harnessed their ADHD for success.

The ability to be empathetic, hyper focused with your attention onto things that drive and motivate your passions can be just a few ways you can use AHDH to thrive.

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