10 Early Signs of ADHD

Young children often have problems paying attention or concentrating, but when are these problems serious enough for parents and teachers to be concerned? According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 11 school-aged children are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but research suggests that the warning signs often appear even before the demands of school begin. As many as 40 percent of children have significant problems with attention by age four, and ADHD is now the most common mental health disorder diagnosed in the preschool years.

[Doctors] recommend that parents look for the following signs that are associated with an ADHD diagnosis when children reach school age:

  1. Dislikes or avoids activities that require paying attention for more than one or two minutes
  2. Loses interest and starts doing something else after engaging in an activity for a few moments
  3. Talks a lot more and makes more noise than other children of the same age
  4. Climbs on things when instructed not to do so
  5. Cannot hop on one foot by age 4
  6. Nearly always restless — wants to constantly kick or jiggle feet or twist around in his/her seat. Insists that he/she “must” get up after being seated for more than a few minutes
  7. Gets into dangerous situations because of fearlessness
  8. Warms up too quickly to strangers
  9. Frequently aggressive with playmates; has been removed from preschool/daycare for aggression
  10. Has been injured (e.g., received stitches) because of moving too fast or running when instructed not to do so

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