C8 Sciences: Helping Teachers Recognize the Symptoms of ADHD in Their Students
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) refers to a rather complex mental health condition that not only affects interpersonal relationships, but a student’s success in the classroom. Regrettably, the symptoms of ADHD are many times difficult to spot and can vary wildly, but there are common indicators that can point towards early signs of ADHD in students.
Important to note is that many of the symptoms of ADHD we have analyzed fall in a somewhat normal range for children to experience; an ADHD diagnosis is achieved by way of evaluating a child under several specific criteria. Generally diagnosed by age seven, ADHD can affect older children (evidenced by exhibition of these symptoms of ADHD) but they often exhibit rather florid symptoms early on.
ADHD Symptoms in Children
1. Non-Recognition of Others’ Needs and Desires
A common sign of ADHD in a child – especially in a classroom situation – is the inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires. A student with ADHD may have trouble waiting their turn during activities in the classroom such as playing games with other children or may interrupt other people when talking.
2. Difficulty Keeping Emotions at Bay: The “Emotional Turmoil” Factor
A student suffering from ADHD may exhibit signs of difficulty with keeping their emotions – bad or good – in check, exuding outbursts of anger at inappropriate moments or throwing temper tantrums (seen mainly in younger children).
3. Hyperactivity Symptoms
These may become apparent in very young preschoolers and are almost always present before the age of seven; they can include (but are sometimes not limited to):
Squirming and fidgeting when seated
Walking or running around quite frequently
Inappropriately and excessively climbing or running (though in teens, this may appear as restlessness)
Difficulty engaging in quiet leisure activities or playing quietly
Constantly exhibiting “on the go” characteristics
4. Impulsivity Drives
These symptoms can include:
Response delay difficulty
Even before questions have been completed, answers are blurted out
Difficulty awaiting his or her turn (connects to symptom number one, previously mentioned)
Constantly causing problems within classroom or social settings by interrupting or intruding on others (also connects to symptom number one)
Initiation of inappropriate conversations – at equally inappropriate times
5. Unfinished Tasks
Here, a student with ADHD may show interest in many different activities but often times can’t see them through to their completion; for example, a student may begin a homework project or some kind of in-class chore but simply leave it incomplete as they move on to the next activity that catches their interest.
There are a myriad of other signs and symptoms of ADHD, including lack of focus, making of careless mistakes and chronic daydreaming, but what’s important to remember is that all kids are libel to exhibit some of these behaviors at least some of the time – kids will be kids, after all. If these signs of ADHD in kids become excessive, however, as an educator it’s important for you to bring these issues up with parents and/or school administration.
Programs such as C8 Science’s innovative ACTIVATE™ have significantly tackled the problem of ADHD in children while helping identify the early signs of ADHD, with ACTIVATE™ in particular measurably strengthening neurocognitive functions through combining computer and physical exercises. This has proven to dramatically improve working memory, self-control, sustained attention, cognitive flexibility and other executive function skills.