Evan, five years old, hardly stands, much less sits, still for more than a few moments. Jessie is eight -- she's adorable...she never finishes anything on time...she's a dreamer. Cal is fifteen -- he is so impulsive that his parents worry he'll try drugs on a whim.
What do these kids have in common? Do they remind you of your own children?
The most talked-about childhood syndrome of the eighties and nineties is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). This developmental disorder disrupts a child's life and often results in low self-esteem, poor grades and even social and emotional problems. These problems usually are not outgrown -- without help. But does your child have ADHD?
ADHD is characterized by the following groups of behaviors:
-- making careless mistakes
-- difficulty sustaining attention
-- problems with listening
-- failure to finish schoolwork or chores
-- difficulties organizing
-- trouble sustaining mental efforts
-- losing things
-- being easily distracted
-- trouble staying seated
-- inappropriate running/climbing
-- difficulty playing quietly
-- being on the go/driven
-- talking excessively
-- blurting out answers
-- difficulty awaiting turn
-- often interrupting
All children display many of these behaviors at some point. But-according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, Fourth Edition, for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, six or more of these symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity must have persisted for at least six months.
Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractible? offers an invaluable step-by-step program already used by thousands of parents to help you change these behaviors at home. Don't just watch it happen; help your child help himself.
Robyn Freedman Spizman
About Robyn Freedman Spizman
Robyn Freedman Spizman is author and coauthor of numerous parenting, educational, and how-to books. A motivational speaker, she has lectured to thousands about balancing family and work and getting organized. She has appeared on radio and television, including CNN's Parenting Today, the Discovery Channel, CNBC, and Home Matters.
Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractable? by Stephen W. Garber, Ph.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph.D., and Robyn Freedman Spizman