By Nicole Locher
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children and adults. It is genetically based and can pass down from parent to child. While ADHD will show up differently in each person, these are the most common symptoms:
- Daydreaming a lot
- Forgetting or losing things
- Squirming or fidgeting
- talking too much
- Making careless mistakes or taking unnecessary risks
- Having a hard time resisting temptation
- Having trouble taking turns
- Having difficulty getting along with others
ADHD Can Be a Strength
With the proper diagnosis, treatment and support, ADHD can be a strength. People with ADHD tend to be creative thinkers and can actually be “hyper focused” on subjects that hold their interest. This can result in developing a high level of expertise in a particular subject and lead to successful careers for individuals with ADHD. Famous people with ADHD include Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie, Bill Gates and Whoopi Goldberg, to name a few.
What Can Parents Do?
Talk with your doctor and your school if you see symptoms of ADHD and to coordinate a proper evaluation and diagnosis done by either psychologists, neuropsychologists, or developmental pediatricians. These professionals will then come up with a treatment plan that could include pharmacological interventions (medication), and/or behavioral interventions, which provide children with strategies to manage their symptoms at home and school. You also will need to work with your child’s school to ensure that they get the accommodations and support services they need through a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Understood: What is ADHD?
- CDC Info on ADHD
- 8 things that go into an ADHD evaluation for a child
- Step-by-Step Guide for Securing ADHD Accommodations at School