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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 21 Sep 2020 | 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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Busy mum - 21-Sep-20 @ 11:45 AM
Damn I thought my son was bad then I read you alls comments and I’m shook!!!!
Kaygeee - 7-Jul-20 @ 6:37 AM
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Lolita - 1-Jul-20 @ 5:08 AM
My son is 7 soon to be 8 in 2 months, He hasall of the symptoms above, he does things without paying attention to his safety or anyone else’s, he loves running through the hse and jumping in the bed, playing with sheets and the moment i make my bed he comes right in and messes it back up, if I’m in any kind of conversation (important matters over phone) he keep calling me or tapping me until i listen to his question or Watever he has to say and if totally ignore him and keep talking he starts crying, he fidgets all day and talks all day, he doesn’t like to clean up after his self, he would throw any wrapper or empty juice container on the floor and cry when i ask him 10 times to pick it up, he gets bullied in school which that breaks my heart, he plays video games all day if i tell him to get off he cry’s and throws a real fit, he never wants to brush his teeth, his teacher says he wants to play in school and can’t remember what assignments to do because he constantly distracted and playingwith other kids in class, he barely knows how to put on clothes and especially his socks correctly, he has several meltdowns throughout the day, and now it seems like he doesn’t like me he wants To stay over my sisters house all the time with my nephew and niece who are close to his age but 1 and 2 years older than him, when i try and discipline him he says mean things to me like he wishes he another mom and I’m doing too much and he doesn’t love me anymore. I’m afraid he will get worse when he grows up. I’m planning to take him to see a doctor.
Lolita - 1-Jul-20 @ 4:53 AM
Does your ADHD child ever pop himself on purpose?
Hi - 14-Jun-20 @ 5:48 AM
My Son is 3yrs and 4 months. He used to say dad and mum and copying what we do when he was one year and a half, but know he cannot speak at all. He can't stay on a task for long, he always jumping on the bed, he also chew on everything and messing up everything. Sometimes he cries or laughs for no reason. We still don’t know what is that, we have been told that he is an autistic. Please help
Bob - 18-Apr-20 @ 9:34 PM
My daughter will be 10 years by april. She's just able to write letter A-G and numbers 1-7 not even very well. She can't stay on a task for long, she's always distracted except when she's watching television which she likes most. She's always talking to herself, chew on everything and destroy things. She can bearly wear clothes or underwear correctly and she's always DG king imaginary talk. No help please, don't know what to do.
Jomo - 27-Mar-20 @ 11:14 PM
My son is 9 ten this year his behaviour is terrible And when I say terrible I mean to the point of I’m lost of what to Do with him I have tryed everything. When he was born my pregnancy was normal my waters broke slowest midwife was horrible I was a young mum as they called me I was 17 but I told them somthing was wrong and they said typical first time young mum you no nothing h but I could tell my own body somthing was wrong well they left me two days and still did nothing I was been monitored from time to time while in hospital they left me so long that eventually I was nearly dead and my baby was very distressed they finally gave me a emergency c section at that point my baby was nearly dead as was I I had my mum with me but as I was coming round from surgery which went wrong they made me sign a consent form stating it was a planned c section but it really was not my son was starved of oxygen and Iv been told by a few people that have said that it can have complications later in life with behaving to death threats towards me and his siblings help please any advice please Iv been to doctors health visitors spoke to school apparently he’s a normal boy well I’m sorry I’m his mum he’s far from normal
Steph91 - 24-Feb-20 @ 9:26 AM
My 13 year old daughter easily gets distracted very disruptive she has a meltdown when things dont go her way unable to sit still for long periods of time shouts out a lot doewnt cope well when she knows something is happening a head of the day struggles with sleep not always wanting food problems focusing on a task trouble multitasking very restless low tolerance interrupts when someone else is talking emotional has outburst of anger more often she struggles to stay focused when being spoken to she does a lot of daydreaming talking lots & sometimes not making sense very hyperactive gets board very quickly sometimes doesnt listen gets angry over anything & feels like smashing everything up. Shes always getting arguments & fights. My 13 year old has all this but she keeps telling me she is fine & she doesnt need help because there's nothing wrong but as a mum I think there is something
Michelle - 16-Feb-20 @ 5:09 PM
My son is almost 8 years old he likes to swing and jump he can'wake up early in the morning he will look for anything that he can used to jump and swing why play with himself singing or just do some learning but he must be jumping and swinging. I took him to GP the doctor told me so my but it worries me a lot because it is abnormal to me. I showed a video of him jumping and swinging to a friend of my she told me is sensory process disorder, I don't know what to do or how to help him.
F. - 30-Dec-19 @ 7:51 AM
My 10 year old son has all of these characteristics, except he cant talk. We finally got a diagnosis of a very rare syndrome through genetic testing. It is called Xia Gibbs. And from what i have researched a lot of them have reached the threshold for a diagnosis of ADHD and/or autism. The problem i have now, is that his dad is refusing to acknowledge the extent of his difficulties and so NHS wont diagnose him with ADHD and treat him accordingly. I keep asking for help and it just gets refused. Its clear to me that he is going to probably spend his adult life in an institution if we dont get the help he desperately needs. What kinds of treatment are usually offered for ADHD? Some of the children in the US with his syndrome are on risperidone, but I am told it is not approved for use in children here in the UK. I am desperate to find something that might help him
Luly - 29-Dec-19 @ 5:34 PM
My 2 month old child keeps swearing at me, I thought it was strange he could talk but the only words he says are naughty ones, I’ve tried rinsing his mouth out with soap but seems to work, I’ve came home from work and he’s been chogging on a gram head of haze it’s the only Thing that keeps him calm #makeweedlegal #weedislife
Davo - 21-Dec-19 @ 3:38 PM
Hi my 5 year old granddaughter is really horrible to her 2 year old brother and 1 year old sister they have had bruises were she has attacked them both but she seems to be getting worse I had my daughter on phone today crying because my granddaughter had her brother on the floor and tried to stab him with a folk she didn't understand what she did is dangerous when we asked why she did it she said I don't no and because I can
Maggie - 3-Dec-19 @ 2:23 PM
Replying to E. Your child is like mine. His first CDC appointment 0gonna be on March next year I wish it could be sooner :(. My child is anxious, he is scared to make mistakes so he keeps asking the same question over & over. He cries over a small mistake then he thinks of himself as a failure. He prefers to start again all over rather than to fix which part he does wrong. He always thinks he is not likable, but everyday whenever we send him to school, all of his friends will greet him & take him by his hand. Whenever the teacher tries to discipline the whole class, he always thinks that the teacher personally dislikes/attacks/blames him alone. I've always known of this behaviour of his since he was still a toddler when we were still living under one roof with my parents & my sister's family. Whenever my sister scolded her son, my son would cry & then my son thought it was all caused by him that his cousin got scolded. Until now he will just stay away from my sister, his only aunt from my side. He acts like a baby but he has a heart of gold, he takes care of his pet cats & all of his cats love him. He daily says he loves me & hugs me. He often tries to be tough but ends up giving up. So I am not sure if his learning disability (suspected ADHD due to spacing out, wiggling on his seat in the class, fidgeting, unable to finish classwork on time & keeps asking back to the teacher an instruction that has been explained to him many times) that's causing him act this way or vice-versa.
Izzack - 26-Nov-19 @ 7:25 PM
Hi my son is 12 years old as to be touching me all time kissing me.finds it hard to find friend always asks same question over and over needs to know it’s ok and worries about peoples feelings all time and feels guilty anyone else child like this plz
E - 10-Nov-19 @ 6:46 PM
Wondering if anyone has experienced this and need to know if it’s normal or something I should look into. When I’m trying to take my 5yo sons picture the problem I have is getting him to focus his eyes on the camera for more than 3 seconds.I realize getting kids to keep attention during photos is pretty much universal but I feel like this is different. When I take the camera away and ask him to just look at a pen and count to 5 or 10, he simply cannot hold focus on whatever object I put in front of him. His eyes constantly wander to another object. He also spaces out and acts as if he doesn’t hear an instruction I gave him but snaps back into it maybe 10 seconds later.
Phik - 9-Nov-19 @ 6:08 PM
I would like to talk to someone about mydaughter.
Sat - 14-Oct-19 @ 4:19 PM
My 9 year son is not doing well at school ,the teacher always say he is concentrating and he gets easely distructed, he does r3ally bad in his tests,he talks to much and does not think before he talks, when we walk in the street he is always distructed, he talks to anyone about anything he does not think ,I wouldn't say he is very figity but when he play with his toys he bangs them togeter and brake them ,he cried and get angry when he looses something or brake it ,he is forgetful, his teacher say he choose to not pay attention I totally disagree with her ,I am worried about my son can anyone advice me please.
salwa - 28-Sep-19 @ 8:47 PM
I’m having isssues with my son who is 5 almost 6 he seems to switch off when your telling him off he’ll be good then do something naughty and go on a destructive phase no matter the punishment it doesn’t seem To sink in that he has been naughty he just stand there nodding looking vague he is especially like it with his step dad we have tried all sorts he just seems to push everyone away
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
i have adhd and did a 6 hour test to find out
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
Please help I have a boy who is 5 he constantly is winging always screams loses his temper a lot and lately is lashing out hitting his siblings he doesn’t sleep much and is always on the go he can’t sit still for a few minutes he constantly switches the tv over as he can’t watch anything all the way through he’s started doing dangerous things and doesn’t seem to understand there dangerous if I tell him off he screams and tries throwing things at me I have other children who are girls and didn’t have any of this he sleeps maybe 5 hours a night and he’s fully energised I feel like I’m failing as a mother as he seems to be upset all the time any advice would be really great
Smarie - 9-Feb-19 @ 3:51 PM
My 9 year old son has no sense of danger or awareness of dangerous situations. He walked straight out onto a main road today luckily the oncoming car saw him and braked in time. Instead of being shook up and scared he shrugged it off as nothing! He has always had an issue with poor concentration and has never been able to sit still from being a toddler. Over the past year things have got worse he has motor tics which result in him making funny facial expressions which he has no knowledge of doing, he shouts out in the classroom, constantly interrupts people and taps them to get their attention, he cannot sit still at home or at school yet he is highly intelligent particularly in Maths and reading he also loves constructing things and taking things apart but the school do not think there is a real issue. They think he is bored because he is finding the work easy or just easily distracted. I really don’t know what to do anymore.
Nikki - 19-Jan-19 @ 10:08 PM
My 12 year old has been excluded 3 times since 30th November and the school arent listening they are aware of circumstances i.e bearvement although its just over a year since losing my nan it has effected him but school dont seem to acknowledge anything it goes in one ear out the other. Since september he was place on a behaviour programme which was for 6 weeks yet since then in total he has had 4 exclusions and is still on a programme so surely behaviour programme isnt working and surely school can see it. But its like he is labelled NAUGHTY and any corncerns i have raised i.e he needs assessment they just brush it off. Also the school hasnt contacted me since friday when he got excluded so still unaware of how long fixed period is for. No phone call was recieved friday as stated they would and not even a email with regards to fixed term exclusion. I feel like im banging my head of a brick wall No one is listening and its actually so frustrating.
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
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