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Does my Child have ADHD

Does your child have ADHD? I have 2 children diagnosed with ADHD; a daughter age 10 and a son age 8,.Both of them were diagnosed when they were in the 1st grade.

I often times would say to my mother..”mom, there is something wrong with them, they don’t act like normal young children would act.” I drove myself crazy until the time they started school. My daughter didn’t have any problems in Pre-school or kindergarten, it wasn’t until her 1st grade teacher sat down with me during a parent teacher conference and said to me..”I think we should have her evaluated.” I let out a big sigh of relief and said..”yes, let’s do that!” Finally someone else was seeing what I was seeing.

It started out with a series of tests that included yes and no questions to multiple choice which i had to fill out and her teacher as well. For some of you wondering whether or not your child has ADHD…Here are those questions. If you feel your child may be ADHD, print out this form, complete it and give it to your teacher, or pediatrician.

Symptoms of Inattention Never Sometimes Often Very Often Does your child fail to give close attention to detail or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities? Do they have difficulty paying attention in tasks or play activities? Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly? Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in a timely mannor? Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities? Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as homework) Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools) Is easily distracted by outside interference? Is forgetful in daily activities? Symptoms of Hyperactivity Never Sometimes Often Very Often Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected Runs about or climbs too much in situations in which it is inappropriate Has difficulty playing quietly Is “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor” Talks too much
Symptoms of Impulsivity Never Sometimes Often Very Often Burts out answers before questions have been completed Has difficulty waiting his or her turn Interrupts or intrudes on others (such as butting into conversations or games)