Children & Checklist

The following Checklists may indicate a child has ADHD

Infant Checklist

The signs below may indicate an infant has ADHD– they do not need to have all of these problems. However, if these problems continue beyond the time that their peers have grown out of them, they may indicate ADHD and advice should be sought.

* Often distressed
* Extreme restlessness.
* Poor sleep patterns.
* Difficult to feed.
* Excessive thirst.
* Constant thirst.
* Dry skin.

Frequent tantrums:

* Kicking.
* Screaming.
* Head banging.
* Rocking the cot.

Children’s Checklist

* Fearless and impulsive
* Does not stop to think.
* Takes undue risks.
* Dashes around.
* May run out into roads.
* Erratic behaviour.
* Accident-prone.
* Increased activity – always on the go.
* Compulsive touching everything and everyone.
* Clumsy
* Talks incessantly.
* Allergies.
* Sleep and appetite problems continue.

Poor co-ordination:
* Tying laces.
* Dressing.
* Handwriting.
* Ball games.
* Lack self-esteem.
* Problems with making friends.
* Impatience so they will not take turns in games.
* Demands must be met immediately.
* May hit out and grab things.

Inflexible personality:
* Un-cooperative.
* Defiant.
* Disobedient.

In a more formal setting, i.e. classroom etc., teachers (as well as seeing the above-mentioned behaviour), may notice problems with:

* Poor concentration and brief attention span.
* Sitting through lessons is almost impossible.
* Fidgets constantly.
* Constantly moving feet, hands etc.
* Taps pens, pencils books etc.
* Roams around the classroom.
* Cannot take turns.
* May blurt out answers to questions.
* Speak entirely inappropriately out of turn.
* Weak short-term memory.
* Normal or high IQ but under-performs at school.