ADHD in Children

When thinking about ADD in children we tend to think that it means that the child can’t focus and ADHD in children that the child really can’t focus. This however is not true at all. ADD and ADHD are merely separated by a timeline and the better understanding of what it actually means.

ADHD includes being inattentive as well as being hyperactive. Stating that these two symptoms are what makes up the classification of ADHD does not mean that both will be present. The current DSM-V distinguishes the disorder by the presence of one or the other, or both. This classification of the disorder and the subtypes are divided further by subcategorising both hyperactivity and inattentiveness into nine possible symptoms for each. The inattentive branch includes symptoms such as: being careless, making mistakes, not listening and being easily distracted. The hyperactivity branch includes symptoms such as: fidgeting, moving around a lot (ant in the pants) and having to physically adjust the location the individual finds themselves at. ADHD in children can only be diagnosed when at least six of the nine symptoms are present, for at least six months and has to have been present between the ages of six to twelve years of age.

The question at the end of this is, what are the chances of progression or at least stability?

You’ll be satisfied to know that through medicinal and behavioural intervention programmes it is possible to progress, gain stability, gain control or even be cured of ADHD in children. The road ahead does not lie empty with challenges, it does not cater for the light-hearted, it does not pretend and does not warn. But at Catch Up Kids we embrace all of these, we need challenges, we don’t want easy as easy never made you learn neither did it make you strong, we never pretend when it comes to the best possible behavioural intervention programme out there, we don’t need warning as we invite a world full of unexpected circumstances. This is what makes the road ahead on we always choose.

Providing comfort through expertise is what makes the “challenge” of a “naughty child” one we wake up every morning wanting to embrace.

ADHD has created a world of opportunity for growth and progression in one where others have seen only the opportunity to discard. It’s easy to label a child with ADHD as one who is impossible to work with and pass them along to the next willing candidate, but so much more rewarding finding an environment which embraces all of the negative and changes it to a positive.

ADHD? We say game on.