Getting your child evaluated for ADHD
- Make an appointment with a specialist. As the parent, you can initiate testing for ADHD on behalf of your child.
- Speak to your child’s school.
- Give professionals the full picture.
- Keep things moving.
- If necessary, get a second opinion.
How do I know if my child has ADD?
Here are 14 common signs of ADHD in children.
- Self-focused behavior. A common sign of ADHD is what looks like an inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires.
- Trouble waiting their turn.
- Emotional turmoil.
- Problems playing quietly.
- Unfinished tasks.
- Lack of focus.
How early can a child be diagnosed with ADHD?
Most children aren’t checked for ADHD until they’re school age, but kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed, according to guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At that age, many kids are active and impulsive.
How do I know if my 3 year old has ADHD?
Signs of hyperactivity that may indicate your toddler has ADHD include: being overly fidgety and squirmy. having an inability to sit still for calm activities like eating and having books read to them.
Can a pediatrician diagnose ADHD?
Diagnosing attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is an inexact science, not because it’s unsupported, but because of who is doing the diagnosing. Many children with ADHD are diagnosed and treated by pediatricians and may never see a psychiatrist specially trained to understand the disorder.