Monday, May 7, 2012

ADHD in Infants-Toddlers

In reference to the book I am currently reading, Raising boys with ADHD and WebMD I am writing this article. 

It is important for parents to learn the general development of infants and toddlers, or any age. It's important for parents to educate themselves on what to expect at the different age levels, especially if your child is very energetic. 

There are characteristics that have been shown to be common in children as early as infancy in children who are later diagnosed with ADHD. Knowing these characteristics can be helpful in determining if your child may have ADHD and can even help you know to talk to a doctor and treat your child's ADHD.
These common characteristics from these include:

Infancy (0-12 months)
  • Constantly moving, very high activity level                
  • Impatient, easily frustrated, and highly demanding of parents/caretakers
  • Intense reactions to stimulation
  • High attention seeking
  • Little interest in cuddling/snuggling
Toddler (1-3 years)
  • Trouble maintaining attention for even several minutes
  • Easily distracted by noise or visual stimuli
  • Able to pay attention to things he/she is interested in (ex. TV show or video game)
  • Lack of interest in activities that are to be quiet
  • Very impulsive and high risk taking behavior
  • Excessively active
  • Poor eye contact
  • When excited he/she have trouble regaining control
  •  Accident prone
  • Troubles sleeping (falling asleep and/or staying asleep)
Preschool (3-5 years)
  • Extremely talkative
  • Little or no interest in activities requiring quietness (ex. looking at or listening to book/stories)
  • Difficulty completing tasks, changing tasks every few minutes
  • Inconsistency with attention skills (especially between preferred and non-preferred activities)
  • Behavioral problems, unsafe behaviors, disobeying, aggression (hitting or taking things from others)
  • Troubles with social skills, or lower social skill
  • Can't sit still
  • Constantly in motion, not looking when running
  • Has a difficult time waiting his/her turn
  • Poor coordination, clumsy

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