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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 7 Mar 2017 | 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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My son is 10, I split from his dad when he was 2. I also have a 16yr old daughter to whom in very close to. My son constantly acts silly, makes noses and jumps around. I've looked at the adhd symptoms and those are the only ones he displays. Other people I've asked have said he might have it, some say he's just a boisterous child. The problem is, his behaviour is irritating, and I now have very little patience with him after years of dealing with it. My son and daughter have literally no relationship and it's affecting our family life. My daughter says he doesn't behave like this when he's with his dad and my son doesn't show me much respect. Does anyone have any helpful advice on whether I can do anything to curb this behaviour? My son is such a loving, sensitive when he's not being irritating and silly??
Jen - 7-Mar-17 @ 7:49 AM
Kavari - Your Question:
Hi I have two sons. The older is 11 years old and the other is 5 years old. I am concerned about the 5 year old. Within the last two weeks the teacher complained everyday with his behaviour. He is full of energy, behaves incorrectly, limited attention span, never listens to instructions. At home he is the same. I am so concerned about him and not sure what to do. Please advise

Our Response:
What advice has the teacher given? What consequences do you put in place when he misbehaves? Is good behaviour consistently rewarded? Does he get enough exercise? Is his diet health (without too much refined sugar/processed foods etc)? Sorry these are all questions you need to ask yourself and use, along with the advice in our website and elsewhere to see if his behaviour can be changed. If this behaviour change has been extreme and has only occurred in the past two weeks, it's worth looking to see if something has happened to provoke it. Ask at school, his friends' parents, other family members and your son himself, to see if he's unhappy, anxious, unsure about something that's happened to him etc.
KidsBehaviour - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:43 AM
Hi I have two sons. The older is 11 years old and the other is 5 years old. I am concerned about the 5 year old. Within the last two weeks the teacher complained everyday with his behaviour. He is full of energy, behaves incorrectly, limited attention span, never listens to instructions. At home he is the same. I am so concerned about him and not sure what to do. Please advise
Kavari - 26-Feb-17 @ 4:10 PM
My daughter is 10 years old. Every year her teachers were happy about her but I have realised she doesn't have fucox. Her results at the end of the year was worth. She doesn't like study and read books. Just she likes watching TV and playing game .
Lola - 16-Feb-17 @ 11:41 PM
@jarlmum my son was diagnosed with autism at 2.5.They can do it,i suggest a different health visitor or ask for a development check, i had this done for two of my children on is currently undergoing development checks and the other is Autistic.
Hg1990 - 16-Feb-17 @ 3:24 PM
Family6 - Your Question:
My son is 14 years old, was seen by a speech therapist at 4. Diagnosed as articulation problem, no need to go back it would rectify it's self in time. Which it did! At 5 years old was diagnosed with ODD ( oppositional defiant disorder). Since then nothing. He is 14 years old now, behind his peers academically, short attention span overall unless it's a computer game. Then he can sit staring at that screen for hours on end. Very lazy, poor sense of dress and personal hygiene. Poor presentation in school work, can't spell. Cannot use cutlery properly, severe lack of social graces. Very argumentative, especially towards younger sibling, has been known to hit out at her also. He doesn't fit the criteria for ODD, in regard to poor parenting, arguing at home etc, or harsh parenting. He has 3 siblings all of whom are high achievers, youngest being 11 years old and has already surpassed my 14 year old academically. My 14 year old son is frustrated by this. They are all different, and we accept them for who they are. I am strict with the 14 year old, but after completing the 12 week parenting programme, it suits him to have clear, firm rules and parenting style. I am just wondering should I get him reassessed as I feel he is not progressing as he should be. I am concerned for him.

Our Response:
Do go in and speak to school staff about it, they'll be able to tell you what they think and where/how to get an assessment. If a problem is found they may be able to secure funding to get him extra help.
KidsBehaviour - 13-Feb-17 @ 10:45 AM
My son is 14 years old, was seen by a speech therapist at 4. Diagnosed as articulation problem, no need to go back it would rectify it's self in time. Which it did! At 5 years old was diagnosed with ODD ( oppositional defiant disorder). Since then nothing. He is 14 years old now, behind his peers academically, short attention span overall unless it's a computer game. Then he can sit staring at that screen for hours on end. Very lazy, poor sense of dress and personal hygiene. Poor presentation in school work, can't spell. Cannot use cutlery properly, severe lack of social graces. Very argumentative, especially towards younger sibling, has been known to hit out at her also. He doesn't fit the criteria for ODD, in regard to poor parenting, arguing at home etc, or harsh parenting. He has 3 siblings all of whom are high achievers, youngest being 11 years old and has already surpassed my 14 year old academically. My 14 year old son is frustrated by this. They are all different, and we accept them for who they are. I am strict with the 14 year old, but after completing the 12 week parenting programme, it suits him to have clear, firm rules and parenting style. I am just wondering should I get him reassessed as I feel he is not progressing as he should be. I am concerned for him.
Family6 - 10-Feb-17 @ 9:51 AM
HI I have a 2.5 year old who has very limited language skills. He finds it difficult to keep attention and gets bored very easily. He seems to give an attitude that he doesn't need to talk as he can get his point across by hitting, kicking, headbanging or throwing things often intentionally at everyone in his path. He recently got glasses and these have calmed him down a little but he has no sense of fear and tends to have to be told to do things more than once. Have been referred to have his hearing checked and attending speech and language appointments. I have asked my HV about the possibility of autism/ADD and have just been told hes too young and they doubt it is but I don't seem to be getting anywhere fast. He's always been late meeting his development deadlines.
jarlmum - 23-Jan-17 @ 10:04 AM
Stevie - Your Question:
Hi my son is 4 he is child number 3 out of 6. He is so different then Al my other children he is so naught he hits me Al the time smashes things to get my attention hurts his self if I say no. He has hyper mobility. I can not turn my back on him for a second as he hits my 2 year old daughter Al the time for nothing he could just be sitting there and my daughter wil be playing with her pram he wil just run over and start hitting her so hard for nothing to me also. He does with his other siblings to. My other children are so we behaved and never have hit me I tret them Al the same but still he never lissens he always want Al the attention. He wil not eat anything he has tiny little nibbles of the food but that's it av sat with him and begged and pleaded with him to eat but still nothing. He swears and rules the house. My youngest is 5 months and so scared if he hurts her as he throws everything Al the time. Hits his siblings with toys or anything he can get hold of Al the time. He is constantly climbing on everything and has no feer. He has drawn every were. Get up daft a clock in morning and wake the to oldest kids up 8 and 6 year old also waking the hole house up the process. I just need some advise what have I done wrong I feel like such a bad mam. I don't no why he does it this is a happy house hold me and his dad my husband are in a loving marrige were always here for our children my husband work 5 days a week so I feel to blame for his behaviour what shud I do. There is loads of more stuff I could wright about my son. I can say witch I don't if it make a difference but his dad had adhd as a child I still think he still has a bit now. Please any advice would be great

Our Response:
It owould be worth doing some extra investigation to see how his behaviour is at nursery (or school if he's started). If your other children show no similar problems, it may be that there is some underlying reason for his behaviour and perhaps your GP might be able to suggest some options for further investigation.
KidsBehaviour - 20-Jan-17 @ 12:52 PM
Hi my son is 4 he is child number 3 out of 6. He is so different then Al my other children he is so naught he hits me Al the time smashes things to get my attention hurts his self if I say no. He has hyper mobility. I can not turn my back on him for a second as he hits my 2 year old daughter Al the time for nothing he could just be sitting there and my daughter wil be playing with her pram he wil just run over and start hitting her so hard for nothing to me also. He does with his other siblings to. My other children are so we behaved and never have hit me I tret them Al the same but still he never lissens he always want Al the attention. He wil not eat anything he has tiny little nibbles of the food but that's it av sat with him and begged and pleaded with him to eat but still nothing. He swears and rules the house. My youngest is 5 months and so scared if he hurts her as he throws everything Al the time. Hits his siblings with toys or anything he can get hold of Al the time. He is constantly climbing on everything and has no feer. He has drawn every were. Get up daft a clock in morning and wake the to oldest kids up 8 and 6 year old also waking the hole house up the process. I just need some advise what have I done wrong I feel like such a bad mam. I don't no why he does it this is a happy house hold me and his dad my husband are in a loving marrige were always here for our children my husband work 5 days a week so I feel to blame for his behaviour what shud I do. There is loads of more stuff I could wright about my son. I can say witch I don't if it make a difference but his dad had adhd as a child I still think he still has a bit now. Please any advice would be great
Stevie - 19-Jan-17 @ 12:33 PM
lauras - Your Question:
Hi, my daughter is almost 7. She was born prematurely at 33 weeks due to pre-eclampsia but with no other complications for her.For as long as I remember she has been argumentative, has little sense of people's feelings, is impatient in waiting (to play games, to be served dinner,etc), has angry outbursts, lashes out at her brother (he's 4 years old), gets jealous if we pay him any attention, starts fights with our friends children, lacks concentration in school, requires extra support for learning, doesn't like any food in particular, only wears clothes she picks herself. The list seems endless to be honest.I've always just thought that she'd grow out of it but on this particular occassion, she has been in the same disruptive state of mind for over 2 weeks now and I'm seriously starting to question whether it's a 'spoiled child' (she isn't overly spoiled and is encouraged to 'earn' rewards rather than just be given them) thing or something more. Any help, anything at all, is appreciated :)

Our Response:
It's worth asking at her school to see whether they think there are any additional issues that can be addressed. Your GP might also be able to offer you some advice or perhaps a referral to a specialist - to have her assessed.
KidsBehaviour - 14-Nov-16 @ 11:17 AM
Hi, my daughter is almost 7. She was born prematurely at 33 weeks due to pre-eclampsia but with no other complications for her. For as long as I remember she has been argumentative, has little sense of people's feelings, is impatient in waiting (to play games, to be served dinner,etc), has angry outbursts, lashes out at her brother (he's 4 years old), gets jealous if we pay him any attention, starts fights with our friends children, lacks concentration in school, requires extra support for learning, doesn't like any food in particular, only wears clothes she picks herself. The list seems endless to be honest. I've always just thought that she'd grow out of it but on this particular occassion, she has been in the same disruptive state of mind for over 2 weeks now and I'm seriously starting to question whether it's a 'spoiled child' (she isn't overly spoiled and is encouraged to 'earn' rewards rather than just be given them) thing or something more. Any help, anything at all, is appreciated :)
lauras - 12-Nov-16 @ 1:01 PM
Sammy - Your Question:
My daughter is just turned 4 and since she was 2 she's been "naughty" and we passed it off as terrible 2s to start with but now we cant and its getting worse she never listens and tries to argue with me and my partner. If we say no she screams the house down. She tries to play me and my partner off in front of each other.we tell her off and she won't stand still. she's constantly on the move jumping about on furniture which we have told her over and over not to do. she's always climbing and told her she can't do this as she goes near windows very recently opened her window which I could get over luckily it's got safety features only her fingers would get out but that's to not the point,.there's so many things we have seen her do.she just won't listen and is constantly running about and clingy she hardly plays with toys she sits beside me all day long and follows me everywhere I can't stop her,she is a clever little girl and her behaviour just doesn't make sense anymore she wI'll tell us she hates us and wants to live with her grand parents.she will hit us.we walks into friends houses and can destroy toys throws thing draws on walls.hit the children and we we say we go home we get this major tantrum or if we say there not in to go play she screams for about a hour.she can't be alone she wants to be next to us and thinks she can rule the house. She tells us she is a queen and we have to do what she says. The nursery have now got trips on a minibus everyday near enough and says her behaviour can be wild just like at home she is territorial and has no regard for personal boundaries climbing not listening etc. SO they want her on this trip every available space to get her out of the classroom. I find this is not helping in her final important year of nursery.with my parents she can behave but not anywhere else we are at a loss what to do its really draining us.there is alot more I could say.even now she's currently rolling at my feet naked as she refuses clothes half the time or when we say no she will even go as far as purposely wetting her self.and rubbing it in our face if we ignore she dances it about our face.I have adhd, odd,cd,autism in my family desperately in need of some answers as health aren't really helping us

Our Response:
If you feel she needs to be assessed for any of the syndromes you mention, then do ask your GP. You say your daughter can behave with your parents. This suggests that maybe there is something both you and your partner can do to help the situation. Keep a strict routine, make sure there are consequences for unacceptable behaviour and rewards for great behaviour. You do need to spend time playing with your daughter or involving her in what you're doing. The clinginess and disriptive behaviour sounds like it could be related to both boredom and not getting the right kind of attention.
KidsBehaviour - 2-Nov-16 @ 10:29 AM
My daughter is just turned 4 and since she was 2 she's been "naughty" and we passed it off as terrible 2s to start with but now we cant and its getting worse she never listens and tries to argue with me and my partner. If we say no she screams the house down. She tries to play me and my partner off in front of each other.we tell her off and she won't stand still. she's constantly on the move jumping about on furniture which we have told her over and over not to do. she's always climbing and told her she can't do this as she goes near windows very recently opened her window which I could get over luckily it's got safety features only her fingers would get out but that's to not the point,..there's so many things we have seen her do..she just won't listen and is constantly running about and clingy she hardly plays with toys she sits beside me all day long and follows me everywhere I can't stop her,she is a clever little girl and her behaviour just doesn't make sense anymore she wI'll tell us she hates us and wants to live with her grand parents.she will hit us.we walks into friends houses and can destroy toys throws thing draws on walls.hit the children and we we say we go home we get this major tantrum or if we say there not in to go play she screams for about a hour.she can't be alone she wants to be next to us and thinks she can rule the house. She tells us she is a queen and we have to do what she says. The nursery have now got trips on a minibus everyday near enough and says her behaviour can be wild just like at home she is territorial and has no regard for personal boundaries climbing not listening etc. SO they want her on this trip every available space to get her out of the classroom. I find this is not helping in her final important year of nursery.with my parents she can behave but not anywhere else we are at a loss what to do its really draining us...there is alot more I could say.even now she's currently rolling at my feet naked as she refuses clothes half the time or when we say no she will even go as far as purposely wetting her self..and rubbing it in our face if we ignore she dances it about our face..I have adhd, odd,cd,autism in my family desperately in need of some answers as health aren't really helping us
Sammy - 1-Nov-16 @ 6:39 AM
My 3.5 yr old has no concept of social boundaries whatsoever. He will speak to every person he sees, even yelling across the street to complete strangers. He is a very intelligent and loving child but also never sits still, even at the dinner table etc he will have to constantly be told to sit downand has no fear, except of dogs for some unknown reason. He will also invade people's personal space, talks incessantly and really is only interested in trains and dinosaurs. He has so many toys to chose fro. But those are all he is interested in and has been for the last 2 years. Even in nursery he will play with trains every day. I have to constantly repeat directions to get him to do anything because he simply is not taking in and retaining them. He finds it almost impossible to give eye contact. Could there be something undiagnosed going on?
Anniedoll - 16-Oct-16 @ 2:49 PM
My 3 year old has just lately started to kick off but in along with this I have to be on strict routine with him anything out within this routine I have tears and tantrums . He is hyer from 7-7 it's constant with him and there's never any low moments constantly hyper. He is also constantly asking people's names who he sees every day in which is frustrating as the people look as If hes stupid but he has genuinely forgotten.Also there is a mus that he's first to do things any thing from opening a door which he has to do every day strict routine..I've spoken to nursery and they haven't noticed but they have said that they do same things on routine so he will be fine on that but a change of nursery teacher is enough to set him off
Rosie - 5-Oct-16 @ 2:11 PM
Sam - Your Question:
My son is 13 years old & I am exhausted from having to prompt him daily to literally put one foot in front of the other - he talks incessantly he is always in trouble at school for constant interruption, he has no concentration span & with 3 other children life is becoming more & more difficult - I have been single for 6 years due to the sheer amount of motivation he needs to do anything, I cant remember a time when he was any different but it is more noticeable now the other kids are reaching their milestone & he still despite being shown so many times still cant tie his shoelaces - school call every day he is never violent & has a beautiful heart but finds it impossible to just follow suit - could this be ADHD.

Our Response:
If he's struggling to tie his shoelaces and has no concentration span it may well be that he has some kind of problem, be that a learning difficulty or a mental health condition. Make an appointment with your GP to see if they can arrange for an assessment. Your son's school may also be able to make a recommendation.
KidsBehaviour - 29-Sep-16 @ 11:32 AM
My son is 13 years old & i am exhausted from having to prompt him daily to literally put one foot in front of the other - he talks incessantly he is always in trouble at school for constant interruption, he has no concentration span & with 3 other children life is becoming more & more difficult - i have been single for 6 years due to the sheer amount of motivation he needs to do anything, i cant remember a time when he was any different but it is more noticeable now the other kids are reaching their milestone & he still despite being shown so many times still cant tie his shoelaces - school call every day he is never violent & has a beautiful heart but finds it impossible to just follow suit - could this be ADHD.
Sam - 28-Sep-16 @ 2:31 PM
Hi my son is nearly 7 at school the teacher says he easily gets bored and lacks concentration,at home he never sits still, he interrupts people while talking, he talks really loud, has tantrums when things don't go his way, gets distracted easily, he has no sense of danger I've been to the doctors before and just told me that's what boys do, I've rebooked an appointment cus I think there's more to it could I be right ??
Kim - 26-Sep-16 @ 4:16 PM
Hi, I have a 10 year old son who I think may be adhd. His teacher has complained a little about his behaviour but it's not a regular thing. To be honest, I think she has other more challenging kids to deal with so he is largely ignored. I know that might sound more like attention seeking than adhd but I think he fidgets a lot and finds it difficult to stay still (unless he is on the Xbox, which I have to limit). His concentration is poor and we frequently have tantrums if he is asked to do written homework that I know is well within his reach. His moods go up and down quite dramatically and he is frequently incredibly silly. I have asked him about it and he admits he just can't stop the silly behaviour even if he knows he is going to get into trouble. He cannot occupy himself quietly and has a tendency to jump from one thing to another. He loses interest very quickly. He also seems to struggle to follow verbal instructions and is disorganised and forgetful. I had hoped this would improve as he got older but it is not. In fact, as he gets older, the tantrums get worse and his reactions more physical. I would appreciate any comments.
Ava16 - 10-Sep-16 @ 7:42 AM
Hi my son is almost 7 and for the past few years I've started to wonder if he has adhd, on the questionnaire it was yes to all of them, at school he isn't as bad but he still answers yes to a couple of questions like fidgeting and lack of interest if having to be quite and sit and listen, at home he's worse, he fidgety and can't sit still when asked like at meal times theirs always a reason for him being up and down, he can't be quite when asks and frequently interrupt when your talking to someone and finds it hard to wait until you are finished. He gets angry and has a tantrum but will also lash out at me or my partner, he won't take a telling off and he dosent listen to me at all, his dads son has adhd and his dad said hos mum thought he had it but he was never diagnosed what do I do?
Sjg - 29-Aug-16 @ 7:31 AM
My son is 3 and a half he is out of control he never listens to me nothing I do works he bouncing off the walls from the moment he wakes up until he goes to bed he has no sense of danger he's forever covered in cuts an bruises! He's behind with his speach he still not potty trained after 8 months of trying my best. Hes aggressive impatient always full of engry he on a good diet an he's constantly out playing take him the park play areas swimming an even after all of that he still running around he never gets tired he hasn't napped in the day since before he turned one.
tiffanyjay - 25-Aug-16 @ 12:47 PM
hannah- Your Question:
I have a 3.5 year old boy, he doesnt listen to me at all, if I try to hold his hand when by a road, town etc he has a tantrum and runs off, when I talk to him he doesnt listen at all, I answerd 10/10 on them questions, he brakes stuff, walks into things all the time, hes not scared of danger at all, he will go and do it again, iv tried everything, and nothing is working, hes hurting himself whilst having these lash outs, when im getting him dressed for school hes screaming & pulls all of his clothes off, anything I do with him is a challange, he behaves well in school, I dont no what to do, hes also lashing out at me and throwing things.iv read up on adhd and it says if they wer born prem and a light birth weight their some signs, he was born at 28wks and was 3lbs, hes starting primary next september, iv seeked advice from his nursary anf they said he carnt belive that hes like that at home, need some help!

Our Response:
If he's well behaved at nursery school, then it probably isn't ADHD. It might be worth looking at changing your son's entire routines etc. At 3 and 1/2 he's old enough to understand about safety...so start by looking for some dvds and books that can encourage him to take more care especially when out and about near roads with you. Make sure you have a proper routine with him, so he knows exactly what he's expected to do, when he will eat his meals, get ready for bed etc. It might be worth looking at some reward charts with stickers or similar to give him an incentive to do things the way you'd like him to. Make up some games for getting dressed or even ask him to make up a getting dressed song etc. When you're out and about, try and keep him occupied and help him to be more observant by playing "First one to see" or "I Spy". It's really hard when you're rushingand it's easy to simply expect a young child to go along with your wishes. If you stop and see it from their point of view, the reasons for the behaviour are some understandable. If he's in his pjs having fun with toys for example, why would he want to stop and put some clothes on to get in a stuffy car or trudge down a street? If you make the alternative just as fun, it sometimes pays off. If he gets lots of encouragement, praise and fun from being well-behaved, it will become automatic eventually (not without a lot of hiccups on the way of course!)
KidsBehaviour - 7-Jul-16 @ 11:46 AM
i have a 3.5 year old boy, he doesnt listen to me at all, if i try to hold his hand when by a road, town etc he has a tantrum and runs off, when i talk to him he doesnt listen at all, i answerd 10/10 on them questions, he brakes stuff, walks into things all the time, hes not scared of danger at all, he will go and do it again, iv tried everything, and nothing is working, hes hurting himself whilst having these lash outs, when im getting him dressed for school hes screaming & pulls all of his clothes off, anything i do with him is a challange, he behaves well in school, i dont no what to do, hes also lashing out at me and throwing things.....iv read up on adhd and it says if they wer born prem and a light birth weight their some signs, he was born at 28wks and was 3lbs, hes starting primary next september, iv seeked advice from his nursary anf they said he carnt belive that hes like that at home, need some help!
hannah - 3-Jul-16 @ 10:02 PM
My son is 6. He has always been boisterous and sometimes aggressive but now he is getting big it is becoming a huge issue. He is constantly hurting other children by playing too rough and I have to watch him like a hawk. I have no idea what consequences to use as he either isn't bothered or throws a huge tantrum to the point where I am getting hurt as he hits me. Please tell me how I can teach him to play nicely (we talk about it constantly) and what to do with the tantrums. I hate having to tell him all the time and feel like we have no fun anymore. He is respectful to his teachers etc but has the same issue when playing at school
KM8 - 4-Jun-16 @ 11:38 PM
Shelly - Your Question:
I have a 11 year old son and his behaviour for the last few years has been bad but over the last few months it's got that bad that his got kick out of school cause he swears goes to hurt the teachers he always angry he don't see danger he does silly dangers things where he broken bones I have been to my gp and they sent a letter to every it is but the sent a letter back saying they can't help and cams all someone will help but guess what no one been in touch and I'm left with a child who out of control no one to help his in no school so I'm getting so stressed out feel like breaking down can anyone help me please tell me what to do

Our Response:
What an unhelpful GP! Have they contacted CAMHS on your behalf? You ca find a list of CAMHS sevices on local NHS trust website. They will not help unless you have been referred by a specialist however. The charity Young Minds has useful information and a helpline for parents like you. Give them a try and let us know how you get on.
KidsBehaviour - 12-May-16 @ 10:56 AM
I have a 11 year old son and his behaviour for the last few years has been bad but over the last fewmonths it's got that bad that his got kick out of school cause he swears goes to hurt the teachers he always angry he don't see danger he does silly dangers things where he broken bones I have been to my gp and they sent a letter to every it is but the sent a letterback saying they can't help and cams all someone will help but guess what no one been in touch and I'm left with a child who out of control no one to help his in no school so I'm getting so stressed out feel like breaking downcan anyone help me please tell me what to do
Shelly - 9-May-16 @ 1:01 PM
2921emma - Your Question:
I have a 3.5 year old! He is 90 miles an hour pretty much all of the time! He has no danger awareness, to the point he climbs the cooker and sides, fence! He regularly hurts himself badly and then gets over it and Carry's on doing what he was doing that hurt him in the first place! Walks into door frames, can't sit still at all, if he is not intrested he will not take part and if he thinks you want to talk about his behaviour or the dangers he just ignores you and walks off!He does not want to eat dinner so we use distraction tecneques to get him to eat it! Like have to make out they are people from the telly! He is still in a pushchair as he can not walk next to you or hold your hand without having a temper tantrum or running off and not listening! He brakes a lot of stuff and I mean a lot!Help me please or he will end up hurting himself much worse! I mentioned it to the doctors and they dismissed it and said he is too young to asses him!He starts primary school in September!

Our Response:
Does your son go to a nursery or pre-school? If so, have they noticed his behaviour? They would be better placed to offer an opinion etc
KidsBehaviour - 6-May-16 @ 2:33 PM
I have a 3.5 year old! He is 90 miles an hour pretty much all of the time! He has no danger awareness, to the point he climbs the cooker and sides, fence! He regularly hurts himself badly and then gets over it and Carry's on doing what he was doing that hurt him in the first place! Walks into door frames, can't sit still at all, if he is not intrested he will not take part and if he thinks you want to talk about his behaviour or the dangers he just ignores you and walks off! He does not want to eat dinner so we use distraction tecneques to get him to eat it! Like have to make out they are people from the telly! He is still in a pushchair as he can not walk next to you or hold your hand without having a temper tantrum or running off and not listening! He brakes a lot of stuff and I mean a lot! Help me please or he will end up hurting himself much worse! I mentioned it to the doctors and they dismissed it and said he is too young to asses him! He starts primary school in September!
2921emma - 5-May-16 @ 10:46 AM
My 6 year old just wont dis attach himself from me he wants me doing everything for him and if I don't he kicks and screams throws thing.
loll - 28-Apr-16 @ 7:35 PM
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