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Evaluating for Childhood ADHD

Although all kids fidget or have trouble concentrating from time to time, frequent issues could mean that your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Your pediatrician in Hobart, IN, Dr. Marc Connery of BYP Kids, offers developmental screenings essential for diagnosing ADHD and other disorders.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD signs and symptoms can include:

  • Hyperactivity: Children who have ADHD are almost constantly on the move. They may find it difficult to stay in their seats at school or might struggle to stay quiet when the teacher is talking.
  • Impulsivity: Impulse control can be a problem for kids who have ADHD. Waiting in line or waiting your turn when playing a game can be particularly hard. In school, your child may shout out answers and forget to raise his or her hand.
  • Inattention and Distractibility: ADHD may make it challenging to focus or pay attention to details. Forgetfulness, poor organizational and planning skills, a short attention span and daydreaming may also be symptoms. Some children may have trouble in social situations due to their inability to interpret body language and non-verbal cues.

Children who have the combined type of ADHD are hyperactive and also struggle with impulsive behavior, inattention and distractibility. If your child has the inattentive and distractible form of ADHD, hyperactivity won't be a problem but concentrating and staying on topic will be. In the impulsive/hyperactive form, children don't have any difficulty paying attention but do struggle to stay still and control their impulses.

How can I tell if my child has ADHD?

If your child has any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to schedule an ADHD screening at the Hobart, IN, pediatric office. During the evaluation, the pediatrician will consider these areas:

  • Physical Exam: It's important to rule out illnesses or conditions that could be causing or worsening your child's symptoms.
  • Medical History: The doctor will also review your child's medical history and any medications he or she takes.
  • Observation: Watching your child's behavior can provide valuable information essential for a diagnosis.
  • Questions: The doctor will have a few questions for both you and your child about his or her symptoms and the problems they cause.
  • Input from Teachers: Observations from your child's teachers can also be helpful when making a diagnosis and offering a treatment plan.

Do you think your child may have ADHD? Call your Hobart, IN, pediatrician, Dr. Marc Connery of BYP Kids, at (219) 940-9605 to schedule a developmental screening for your son or daughter.

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