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ADHD KidsAttention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, attention, and in some cases, hyperactivity.

ADHD is a neurobiological disability that affects three-to-five percent of school-age children and approximately two-to-four percent of adults.

Although individuals with ADHD can be very successful in life, without identification and proper treatment ADHD can have serious consequences, including school failure, depression, conduct disorder, failed relationships, and substance abuse.

Early identification and treatment increase the likelihood of positive long-term outcomes.1

The first step in helping your child is to obtain a truly complete and through diagnostic evaluation by your child's physician or a professional therapist.

Three types of
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The following behaviors must be exhibited in
at least 2 separate settings:

Type I
ADHD - Predominately Inattentive Type

Requires 6 of the 9 symptoms below

Type II
ADHD - Predominately Hyperactive Type

Requires 6 of the 9 symptoms below
1. Often fails to pay attention to details 1. Fidgets with hands and feet
2. Makes careless mistakes 2. Often leaves seat in classroom
3. Difficulty staying on task 3. Runs about or climbs excessively
4. Doesn't follow through 4. Can't play quietly
5. Doesn't seem to listen 5. "On the go" - "Motor always running"
6. Poor organizational skills 6. Talks excessively
7. Loses important things 7. Blurts our answers
8. Easily distracted 8. Can't wait his turn
9. Forgetful of daily activities 9. Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Type III ADHD - Combined Type
6 symptoms from Inattentive Type
6 Symptoms from hyperactive Type

NOTE: This self-assessment chart is offered for information and educational purposes only. It is not presented with the intention of diagnosing or prescribing. Should you find that the total rating score exceeds that as addressed above, you may want to consult your primary care physician or a professional therapist experienced in the area of conduct disorders for further discussion.2

1. Information provided in part by CHADD
2. Reprinted in part with permission from Connecticut Educational Services (CES)

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