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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 3 Dec 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Adhd Attention Hyperactivity Disorder

If you think that your child might be suffering from a particular condition, but has yet to be diagnosed, it is worthwhile speaking to other parents, and researching the behaviour that your child is displaying. Self diagnosis is not recommended, but this website is full of information and advice that might help you to get the help you need for you and your family to manage a situation.

Try looking at these questions below to see if any of the character, personality and behaviour traits relate to your child. It might be the first step in the right direction if you think you need some help and advice. If you have a partner or someone else who is actively involved in caring for your child, it might be a good idea to ask them to complete the questionnaire as well, so that you get a well rounded response to the questions and can build up a true picture of your situation.

Contact your child’s teacher, SENCO, GP or other professionals for further help and advice, as they will be able to tailor their help and treatment to your individual child and their specific needs.

Does your child appear to have poor concentration or low levels of concentration and attention?

YES/NO

Does your child sometimes have a tendency to be easily distracted at school and home?

YES/NO

Does your child display restless and fidgety behaviour, on a regular basis?

YES/NO

Does your child have difficulty sitting down, or remaining still when told to do so?

YES/NO

Does your child have difficulty following instructions, and appear to get confused easily?

YES/NO

Does your child find it difficult to wait their turn in a group situation?

YES/NO

Does your child have a tendency to interrupt others when they are talking and talk over them?

YES/NO

Does your child have difficulty playing quietly?

YES/NO

Does your child often move from one incomplete activity to another, and get bored easily?

YES/NO

Does your child appear to have little or no sense of danger, and take part in potentially dangerous activities without seeming to think about the consequences of their actions?

YES/NO

When you have completed the questionnaire, observe your child’s behaviour closely to see if you have missed anything. On this site you will find a wealth of information written by experts in child behaviour. You will have access to case studies and information about how to get help and further advice to help you and your child.

If you can answer yes to most of the questions above then it might be worth consulting your doctor and other health care professionals. It is also a good idea to talk to your child’s teachers. Even if you have answered yes to some of the questions, it would still be a good idea to seek some professional advice.

Impulsive Actions

Remember that children with ADHD also sometimes act impulsively and seem to have little or no control over their actions and speech at times.

Different children...different symptoms...different treatments

Different children who have ADHD display different symptoms. The problems caused by ADHD can have a very negative effect on a child’s life, and can affect the ability of a child to learn, and impact upon their self-esteem. Although there is no sure, ADHD can be managed and treated using a variety of methods, and even a change in diet can have a positive impact.

If you can answer yes to most of the questions above then it might be worth consulting your doctor and other health care professionals. It is also a good idea to talk to your child’s teachers. Even if you have answered yes to some of the questions, it would still be a good idea to seek some professional advice.

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Phik - 9-Nov-19 @ 6:08 PM
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salwa - 28-Sep-19 @ 8:47 PM
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Kate - 4-Aug-19 @ 9:32 PM
my daughter is always making mistakes and if anything goes wrong in the house I know it's her,she talks too much even when I'm not talking to her she answers,she breaks things when holding them and other kids always cry when playing with her even at school I was told that she doesn't take her time to think before she answers and then she gets it wrong when she knows the answer but just answers before thinking but she still passes at school but struggle with maths,she's too much and people think she's naughty and I think she has a problem please help
MJ - 19-Jul-19 @ 10:25 AM
Hi ,,,My son is 6 1/2 year old boy .He is very good in understanding the situations and helping people , very caring.He loves to watch TV especially my native language movies and remembers movie dialogues songs and watches the same movies many times and remembers the routes to different places . We live in a place full of roundabouts he remembers every different route to my many friends homes. But when it comes to listening and understanding it’s very difficult for him in studies .Sonetimes I feel what ever I teach him or explain him regarding subject he never gets that into his brain ...I mean he never remembers anything related to studies. I thought he is not focusing but I can see sometimes he tries really hard to try to remember and say the answer but nothing he remembers .He still struggles to form a sentence .Sometimes I wonder he don’t understand the English language properly .But he speaks better.i don’t know whether he has a problem .. Everyday understanding a simple story and helping him to understand the story is like nightmare for us.But he is in Year 1 now .Next year it will be still tough.I don’t understand whether he really has any problem .Please help me with ur suggestions.
Lakki - 19-Jun-19 @ 9:07 PM
My three year old doesn’t sleep at night till 3 or 5 am, he has no sense of danger, he get distracted very easily, doesn’t follow instructions and runs around all the time. He doesn’t sit still and gets board very easily, he plays loudly whiles screaming or making screeching noises, walks on his tip toes and love to climb. I fear that he will not be accepted in nursery or school, what do I do?
MaryN - 23-May-19 @ 6:04 PM
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child - 1-Mar-19 @ 10:36 AM
Im a mother of two my oldest son who is 6 years old. He hasn't properly diagnosed the doctors have said he has global development delay. Lately his behaviour has gotten out of control he pulls hair bites scratches me my newborn and other people. I am struggling as a solo.parent and don't want to do anymore. A couple of weeks we had an incident we involved the police and the rescue helicopter he went missing from my house my worst nightmare. I really don't what to do anymore.
Meez - 23-Feb-19 @ 7:09 AM
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Nikki - 19-Jan-19 @ 10:08 PM
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Yskt2783 - 10-Dec-18 @ 11:27 AM
|I work with children who display "mild" signs.They are often intelligent and can answer questions about things that I thought they were not paying any attention about.They often surprise me.I find that other workers who have not been used to children like this are often very dismissive and put them in corners or single them out away from other children to see if they will adjust, however they continue their restlessness even when they are alone.I do not not know how to help them because the conversation with parents may prove to be too intrusive or open me up to accusations and god knows what.However I acknowledge that the children may need professional intervention and that may never come because no person is taking responsibiltiy or even noticing that the child needs help. They just get labelled as "disruptive" or naughty and then they never receive the help that they need.
MotherEarth54 - 29-Nov-18 @ 1:10 PM
Hi my five year old son has been excluded from school 8 times already this year he has now been put in a pupil referral unit before he got permanently excluded, at home he is a beautiful caring helping happy little boy this this behaviour only happens in school, don't get me wrong he has his moments and home but there not uncontrollable he hasn't made any friends or connections with anyone staff and children he hides and as he says keeps the secret that he is able to do the school work saying he didn't want people to know he's smart his education is so important but he's refusing to learn and I just don't know what's wrong with him or what to do please can anyone help
Sass - 25-Nov-18 @ 2:41 AM
Hi this has been going on for a few years now. My son is 9 he has been under the senco for a few years now and nothing has changed as of yet. My son can physically sit still he does have a wobble board in class to keep his feet moving which seems to help but still fiddles with the pencil pots but doesn’t realise he’s doing it. He can’t concentrate and he struggles with reading and writing dyslexia is being looked into he also struggles to retain information. The past few months he’s been so worn down with his insecurities of why he can’t do what his friends do he also gets quite upset easily. Any experience with this would be helpful as we still can’t give him any answers. I feel so sad for my little boy he looks so confused and just refers to himself as being stupid which I have reassured him he’s not. He is able to answer questions just not able to put them in paper without help. I really could do with some advise on the matter.
George - 13-Nov-18 @ 11:32 AM
My daughter who is 6 always walks on tip toes has no concentration is really naughty and doesn't sleep sometimes it's 3am and she still isn't asleep I don't know what to do
Annmarie - 4-Nov-18 @ 4:55 AM
Our 9yr old son has been different since my dad died in 2012,but 2014 was the turning point. Hes become hard to live with, argumentative, angry. Eg dinner time, eats hardly anything, told him that as per our house rules, unless dinner is eaten, no pudding.. He gets up, slams doors, tells us it's not fair Example no. 2: turning light switches on and off, asked why he's doing it. Same old answer 'I don't know' Example no. 3. Asked what he liked about the book he's just read, reppplies 'well I don't know' Example 4. Lying, when asked why, 'I don't know' Another example, asking him whilst in same room to do something, he'll semi listen, but then ask several times what it was I wanted Please help. I'm going out of my mind with worry and what to do. I'm starting to hate him. If anyone can help
Snuggsey - 2-Nov-18 @ 8:46 PM
Hi , my son is 2 from being a few months old he has always been very restless he has not attention span you can’t keep him interested in anything for more than a few minutes he never slept well as a baby and only napped for 20 mins at most he now sleeps through the night but his behaviour is terrible he’s constantly on the go he runs around throwing himself at people and things in public , he is so different than my other children and I have brought them all up the same way , I know adhd can’t be diagnosed so young but I just have this this gut feeling that something just isn’t right
Mumof4 - 29-Oct-18 @ 9:39 PM
Hi I am also having some problems with my 12 year old son,he gets proper bullied everyday..to the point that they are shouting verbal abuse at us (his parents)..So I had to take him out school..he has severe Dislexia and has global learning difficulties he doesn’t have any friends,he’s not a bad lad he will do anything fir anybody at times..but he gets very easily led and before you he’s been stealing Alcohol for older guys who hes scared off..
Weemow42 - 17-Oct-18 @ 2:17 AM
My daughter 9 in November has started to make cat miauwing. It is quite an annoying sound. I also feel it actually says something like I am bored or I want attention.....ANy help, suggestions! One ergotherapist she might be hyper and hypo sensitive; However they never put a title on her behaviour. This cat sound started recenltly and so no therapist of any sort has seen it!
clarina - 2-Oct-18 @ 12:46 PM
My daughter is angry and shouting and changing clothes all the time what happened she is only 9
Maryam - 31-Aug-18 @ 7:30 PM
My daughter she 9 years and she changing clothes all the time whathappens
Maryam - 31-Aug-18 @ 7:28 PM
Hi, was wondering if you could help me out please. My daughters 12yrs old, for the past 2 years she’s had on & off mood swings where there driving me mad!! She’s perfectly fine with other members of the family and being at school they can’t find any problems and say she’s golden! Otherwise at home, she doesn’t listen, she’s constantly vile to her 6yr old sister & 2 yr old brother. Always tapping them for no reason and making horrible comments to them, anything there playing with etc she’ll go over and ruin it for them. Everything has to be her way and if it’s not she goes crazy!! I’ve noticed things like her shoe laces have to be equal when doing them up, when brushing her teeth no ones allowed near the bathroom, when eating with a fork she had to make sure the fork is straight! I’ve got to the point where I can’t tske no more, when she wants to be loving she’s lovely and kind but that rarely happens! I’m telling her off for things and she’s hitting me, my partner (not her dad) tells her what she’s doing is wrong and she even hits & pushes him too. I’ve taken her to the doctors and they don’t listen! So she’s going bk to see another doctor that deals with this kind of stuff but any info about this I’d be very grateful. Thank you.
Gem - 30-Aug-18 @ 6:59 PM
Hi all my stepson is 12 years old he lives with myself and his dad and his 2 brothers we have been told he has dispraxia but hasn't been officially diagnosed yet. My concerns are he's just so naughty at home and at his moms but at school everyone loves him he's golden never has a bad word said about him. At home it's a completely different story he hits and punches and bites his younger brothers he's very hateful towards everyone and everything. He will be your best friend until you have to say no or punish him for being naughty it's got to the point where me his dad and his mom cannot cope he's threatening to stab us to jump out of bedroom windows it's just out of control he has 7 younger brothers and none of them act out like this. We've taken him for tests and doctors and they're saying he's ok I'm at a loss please help
Kiki - 16-Aug-18 @ 3:10 PM
Debs2808 - Your Question:
Hi my daughter is 7 years old and has very little attention and focus. Her teacher commented on it through the year and said she just never listens and is constantly in a world of her own. I could remind her every day for a year to flush the toilet and wash her hands but she still wont do it or any other daily tasks that to most people are habit. She does well at art and literacy but really struggles with numeracy or strategies. She has always been a daydreamer but lost her father in a car accident almost 2 years ago so I dont know if it is linked to this or a condition such as add which is getting worse as she gets older. I would feel awful if ive been disciplining her for not listening when maybe she can't help it! I would be really grateful for any thoughts or suggestions, Debbie.

Our Response:
Talk to the school, ifthey've noticed they daydreaming they may know if it's related to a disorder and if they don't, they will know who to refer you to. Your GP should also be able to help.
KidsBehaviour - 13-Aug-18 @ 11:54 AM
Hi my daughter is 7 years old and has very little attention and focus. Her teacher commented on it through the year and said she just never listens and is constantly in a world of her own. I could remind her every day for a year to flush the toilet and wash her hands but she still wont do it or any other daily tasks that to most people are habit. She does well at art and literacy but really struggles with numeracy or strategies. She has always been a daydreamer but lost her father in a car accident almost 2 years ago so i dont know if it is linked to this or a condition such as add which is getting worse as she gets older. I would feel awful if ive beendisciplining her for not listening when maybe she can't help it! I would be really grateful for any thoughts or suggestions, Debbie.
Debs2808 - 11-Aug-18 @ 9:32 PM
Scit - Your Question:
Hi there. My son is 18. He's not great socially, struggles to go in to shops on his own, has low self esteem and confidence. I try to positive with him all the time and tell him he's good at things, and that he can do things but he'll try to disagree and refuses to believe it. He gets quite anxious. He's just started a new job and often thinks that other colleagues/teens his age are talking about him in a negative light. Then when I ask him what they said, it's not actually negative at all and he has taken it out of context. Nearly like a paranoia. He has also started to run inside the house, often also late at night. It's quite random and impulsive but it seems to be when he is most stressed or when getting ready to go to work. Any advice? He himself thinks there's something wrong with him. I have tried to reassure him that there's not but with the running in the house of recent, now I'm not so sure. We talk regulalry and I try to help him. He is seeing a consultant later this month so I'm hoping to also get some ideas then. Many thanks.

Our Response:
It could be anything from anxiety to a mental illness. You have done the right thing by talking openly about it, and making an appointment with the consultant. Keep talking and reassuring him in the meantime. The NHS has produced a guide to "self-help" with social anxiety here
KidsBehaviour - 7-Aug-18 @ 11:51 AM
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