What Is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects people’s behaviour. ADHD can not be cured, but can be managed with the correct support and understanding, alongside medication in some cases.

Common symptoms of ADHD are listed below:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details, makes careless mistakes.
  • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Often appears not to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often fails to follow through on instructions and complete tasks
  • Often has difficulties organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time.
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities.
  • Often easily distracted.
  • Often forgetful in daily activities.
  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Often talks excessively.
  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
  • Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

If you feel that you or someone you care for may have ADHD, speak to your GP or the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) to discuss the possibility of a referral for assessment.

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