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Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 7:00 pm

Many parents today are wondering if their child has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and what the symptoms are.

bThere are three types of ADHD: Inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. Parents need to be aware of the symptoms so children can get the appropriate help from a license psychologist or developmental pediatric physicians.

Children who have symptoms of inattentive may:

• Fail to give close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities.

• Have difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.

• Not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

• Not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace.

• Have difficulty organizing tasks and activities.

• Often daydream.

• Often avoid, dislike, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).

• Often lose things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., school assignments, pencils, books or tools).

• Get easily distracted by people talking or walking by them.

• Often get forgetful with daily activities.

Children who have symptoms of hyperactivity may:

• Fidget and squirm in their seats.

• Talk nonstop.

• Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight.

• Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school and story time.

• Be constantly in motion.

• Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.

Children who have symptoms of impulsivity may:

• Be very impatient.

• Blurt out inappropriate comments.

• Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting for their turn in games.

• Often interrupt conversations or others’ activities.

• Often show aggressive behavior.

• Act without thinking.

Your child may have four or more of these symptoms and it is important to get he or she evaluated so that they can get the appropriate resources in school.

A tip for setting these kids up for success is to have a routine for doing homework.

If they have multiple subjects have them do the homework for 15 minutes and then have them take a 10-minute break. A timer on the stove works well.

I am having workshops throughout the East Valley to help parents at home with their child’s behavior and provide tips on organization and studying.

Teresa Welsh is the behavior coach to Independence Behavioral Coaching LLC, formed to help parents and teachers manage difficult behaviors in children. Reach her at (602) 531-0230 or

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