Inattentive ADHD in Children
In the other article on “ADHD in Children” we covered the topic of ADHD in Children in general, but you may be surprised to know there is more than one “type” of ADHD in Children.
The one that most people associate ADHD in children with is the type with hyperactivity but in this article we tackle the one that more attention should be brought to, because it is less obvious due to the lack of hyperactivity as a symptom of ADHD in children. This could be detrimental to the child because the sooner ADHD in Children is diagnosed the better chance the child has with his future social and academic endeavors. The child may be thought of as a “day dreamer” or labeled a slow-learner and often the inattentive type of ADHD in children never get the help they need, which can cause a myriad of learning problems in school, due to lack of motivation, and inability to concentrate in class. Most children with inattentive ADHD in Children will get lower marks and even fail grades more often than children without ADHD.
It is also very difficult for those afflicted with inattentive ADHD in children to follow routines as they may need constant reminders and more detailed instruction than other children without ADHD in Children. This can cause disruption in morning routine as extra time is needed just to get out the door for school in the morning. The same type of problems can occur in the evening before bedtime due to the added time needed to get the child with inattentive ADHD in Children settled for the night.
Children with inattentive ADHD in children may also have trouble getting along with their siblings and peers, because they may have problems waiting for their turn when playing games and other activities and difficulty making decisions. They can also be very demanding and are quick to argue, so it may be hard for these children to develop long lasting friendships.
Could my child have the inattentive type of ADHD in children?
Please keep in mind that it is normal for children to have short attention spans when they are young. As children get older they are able to concentrate for longer periods of time, but even teens may show signs of inattentiveness, when they have to do something they would rather not do like homework or errands around the house. That said, inattentiveness in your child itself should NOT be a cause for concern unless:
- The inattentiveness in your child seems much more pronounced than other children in their age range, or compared to other siblings at the same age.
- You feel the disruptions are causing problems within your family
- Your child is constantly losing things
- Is unable to finish homework assignments and makes careless mistakes
- Has trouble following routines and instructions and extreme difficulty making simple decisions
- Is constantly distracted and appears to be “just not listening”
Please note that all of these symptoms can be present at different developmental stages of your child, but if you notice that many of these symptoms seem to be more of a regular occurrence, it may be time to seek professional help. The sooner a child is diagnosed with inattentive ADHD in Children the sooner they can receive the proper treatment and have a chance at a bright future. Too many children with inattentive ADHD in children are left undiagnosed and fall through the cracks, so it is better to err on the side of caution. If you have ANY concerns that your child’s inattentiveness may be a symptom of ADHD in Children talk to your family Dr. or your child’s Pediatrician.
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