How Do I Know If My Child Has ADHD?

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.
  • Interrupting.
  • Trouble waiting their turn.
  • Emotional turmoil.
  • Fidgetiness.
  • Problems playing quietly.
  • Unfinished tasks.
  • Lack of focus.

How do I get my child tested for ADHD?

The doctor’s or specialist’s role

  1. Obtain a thorough medical and family history.
  2. Order or conduct a general physical and/or neurological exam.
  3. Lead a comprehensive interview with you, your child, and your child’s teacher(s)
  4. Use standardized screening tools for ADHD.
  5. Observe your child at play or school.

What are the first signs of ADHD?

Signs that your child has overly impulsive behaviors include:

  • displaying extreme impatience with others.
  • refusing to wait their turn when playing with other children.
  • interrupting when others are talking.
  • blurting out comments at inappropriate times.
  • having difficulty controlling their emotions.
  • being prone to outbursts.

Can a baby have ADHD?

These symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) may be detected in toddlers as early as 1 or 2 years of age. Signs of inattention — or inattentive ADHD — are rarely detectable until the child enters school.

Does my 4 year old have ADHD?

Children as young as age 4 can be diagnosed with ADHD. Some children outgrow the symptoms, but others may not. Research shows that 3-year-olds who show symptoms of ADHD are much more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD by age 13.