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Imagine living in a fast-moving kaleidoscope where sounds images and thoughts are constantly shifting Feeling easily bored yet helpless to keep your mind on tasks you need to complete Distracted by unimportant sights and sounds your mind drives you from one thought or activity to the next Perhaps you are so wrapped up in a collage of thoughts and images that you dont notice when someone speaks to you For many people this is what its like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD They may be unable to sit still plan ahead finish tasks or be fully aware of whats going on around them If untreated a child with ADHD is likely to cause disruptions and frustrations both at home and in school He or she runs a high risk of having poor learning skills low self-esteem and social problems that continue into adulthood Today I would like to inform you about ADHD and the symptoms that identify this disability Signs Symptoms ADHD can only be identified by looking for certain characteristic behaviors inattention hyperactivity and impulsivity Although hyperactivity and impulsiveness are the best-known symptoms some ADHD children are more dreamy and tuned-out than excessively active Central to the disorder is the habitual inability to pay attention for more than a few minutes despite repeated requests or even punishment The symptoms are usually noticeable by age 4-6 Inattention People who are inattentive have a hard time keeping their mind on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes They may give effortless automatic attention to activities and things they enjoy But focusing deliberate conscious attention to organizing and completing a task or learning something new is difficult Hyperactivity People who are hyperactive always seem to be in motion They cant sit still They may dash around or talk incessantly Sitting still through a lesson can be an impossible task Hyperactive children squirm
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