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Why can’t Jason sit still?
Does Jason have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
What you might see in a child with ADHD
A child with ADHD may...
Parents and carers might notice their child...
- Write a short list of the tasks that need doing before leaving the house.
- Get your child to help with the list by suggesting the steps or drawing pictures.
- Use the list as a visual prompt.
- Check each morning how well your child has done and reward success.
- Gradually expect your child to do more by him or herself.
Getting ready for school list:
- Get dressed
- Eat breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Pack school bag
- Tell me when you are ready
Are you worried that your child is a bit like Jason?
Here’s how to get help:
Make a time to talk with your child’s classroom teacher to share concerns and ﬁnd out about how your child is managing at school and ﬁnd out what resources the school can offer.
Ask to speak to the school psychologist or counsellor.
Talk to your doctor about the possibility of an assessment and referral to a children’s mental health specialist.
A mental health professional may diagnose ADHD when...
1. A child shows the above behaviours far more often than other children of the same age.
2. These behaviours occur at home, at school and in the neighbourhood.
3. These behaviours cause difﬁ culties for the child with his friends, his teachers and his family and are greatly impacting upon their everyday life.
A diagnosis of ADHD can only be made by a mental health professional after a thorough assessment.
The following web pages may also be of interest:
- ADD and ADHD - what are they?:
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children:
- Mental Health/Illness:
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