Recognizing Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms
There is a great over diagnoses in our schools these days. Attention Deficit Disorder seems to be a favorite among school counselors to describe otherwise normally active children. Even though many children who do not suffer from this disorder are mistakenly diagnosed, there are a great number of children who DO suffer from attention deficit disorder.
Being able to accurately recognize Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms can help both you and your child to better understand this disorder, as well as to do something about it before it becomes a disruptive influence.
We've assembled a team of experts who all agree that the following attention deficit disorder symptoms are the most common experienced by children who are suffering from attention deficit disorder. If you believe that your child is exhibiting any of these attention deficit disorder symptoms, you should take to your doctor right away.
Inability To Focus
Experts agree that the most common attention deficit disorder symptoms are the inability to focus on completing a task, such as schoolwork, or reading; otherwise what might be mistaken for a simple short attention span (which is common in most children. Part of recognizing whether or not your child's ability to focus may be one of the attention deficit disorder symptoms, is knowing whether or not they are able to retain information.
An inability to retain information is another one of the attention deficit disorder symptoms. If your child reads a few paragraphs in a book, and then is unable to answer any questions about what he or she has just read, there is a good chance that he or she may be suffering from attention deficit disorder.
Short Attention Span
Yes, we realize that this was mentioned above, but there is a difference between a normally short attention span that is found in all children, and the short attention span that may be one of the attention deficit disorder symptoms. Many children who experience attention deficit disorder symptoms are unable to sit for longer than a few moments. A child suffering from attention deficit disorder will seem "out of it" and "spacey" due to their inability to concentrate on anything for very long.
This short attention span will not only relate to schoolwork and reading, but also to other activities. Playing, watching television, and even eating can be affected by this short attention span.
If your child has been exhibiting any of these attention deficit disorder symptoms, you should talk to his or her pediatrician immediately. There is no cure for attention deficit disorder, but there are medications that can help to relieve attention deficit disorder symptoms.