How do you know the difference between kids being kids, and kids who may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)? Kids often have a lot of energy and can be fidgety and have trouble paying attention. They don’t always follow instructions and they say inappropriate things. Some children can be labeled as troublemakers and their caregivers can be blamed for the way they behave.
All kids sometimes forget to do chores, have a messy room, or don’t want to do homework. But sometimes these behaviours can be a symptom of ADHD or ADD. Children with ADHD/ADD often have trouble paying attention, act impulsively, and are hyperactive, and this can make it harder for them to do well in school, get things done at home, and get along with others.
If you are worried about your child’s behaviour, how they’re doing in school, or how they’re playing with other children, talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner. They can listen to your concerns, give you medical help, and refer you to the Registered Social Worker for information and ongoing support.
For more information on ADHD in children and youth, please see the following resources: