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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 19 Apr 2018 | 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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Fatpig - Your Question:
I have been raised by very strict parents and called names too i.e my nick name is fat pig! I was very rebellious! Anyway I have 2 kids now ages 11 & 7 years and I have not been as strict As I do not hit my kids like I was hit when I was young, so I feel my kids are fearless! They answer me back and I have to repeat more than once several times and they still don’t listen I end up yelling! My dad now always says that my 2 sons are really bad boys and that I am a rubbish mum! He says this comment everyday for the last 2 years and also says it in front of people to me! I wonder if they are really bad boys or is there a condition like adhd I should be concerned about? I don’t think that they are naughty I do feel there is an underlying problem but I don’t know what it could be! Children don’t act up for no reason! A lot has happened in their young life like I did hit them when they were young for running off and not listening as I was so worried and it frightened me but I paid a heavy price as my kids were taken off of me and put into care. then I contacted their dad who had to go through some procedures before claiming full custody so that they could get out of care! Now they live full time at their dads house. He has a three bedroom house and garden so the boys have their own bedroom. The dad and I share custody, I have them weekends and all the school holidays they sleep at mine in a single room at my parents home! I can’t afford to rent privately and I am not getting anywhere on the council list! So my parenting and my children’s behaviour is very challenging with so many negative influences from my dad! What do you think? I appreciate your comments! Thanks

Our Response:
The answer is probably that they neither have ADHD nor are they "bad boys".You say that you've tried not to be strict with your boys, like you were treated growing up. It sounds like your parents were very negative if you were hit and insulted. First of all, ignore your father's insults - you're not a bad mother. Try maintaining a "strict" regime with your boys that is based on routine, lots of love, praise for them whenever they do something well/good, encouraging them to make the right choices etc. If you feel you need additional support - ask locally for access to parenting classes, seek support from your local social services department for increased priority on the housing list, take a look at the Family Lives website where there is a lot of information and also a helpline.
KidsBehaviour - 20-Apr-18 @ 11:46 AM
My grandson is 2 1/2 He is ver naughty , does bad things on purpose . Wait till you leave the room - and bang he’s tipping juice on the floor ,ripping your blinds down , tipping something out , pulling hair , pinching , biting his Aunty and uncle who are 7 and 8 . Punching the cat -, putting him in the toliet, got no fear of anyone or anything . Move from one thing to another . Try being extra nice by playing but he gets bored and goes away . He does watch his fav programme on tv . Broke my 50 inch tv No matter what we do to tell him off , tried everything to talking nicely , yelling , naughty mat- nothing works We are all at our wits end , we answered yes to all above questions .what you think ?
Narns - 19-Apr-18 @ 6:20 AM
Hi, My son is 8 years old and we have huge issues with his behaviour. He has witnessed a lot in his life already from a 3 year cancer battle with his dad to his auntie that took care of him during that time becoming terminally ill and passing 18months ago, so Iv excused bits and bobs in the past but never dropped my guard with house rules and expectations. But he has become unbelievably rude, has also threatened to attack me with a pole as a threat, really quite mean to his little sister and I’m slowly watching him isolate himself from his friends as he seems to have zero social skills, life is a competition that he has to win! It’s really causing a wedge in our family! He also has barely any time on electricals as he seems to have an addictive nature so we have to keep it low key, yet he shows signs of what I can only describe as withdrawal sypmtoms and awful behaviour when he is told no from any electricals... would you be concerned? Many thanks
Whoknows - 18-Apr-18 @ 9:18 PM
Kell - Your Question:
My son is 9 he is in year 4 at school I've had his teacher talk to me about how slow he and that she has to tell him about 3 times to do some like open his book she has said like there's no motivation in him and that he can get upset very quickly. It is the same at home. He is also easy distracted in class.I am worried when do I do something about it or should I be worried? ?

Our Response:
What does the teacher suggest? It's definitely worth getting checked out to see if he as learning difficulties, a behavioural problem or perhaps a physical problem (like poor hearing etc).
KidsBehaviour - 18-Apr-18 @ 3:21 PM
I have been raised by very strict parents and called names too i.e my nick name is fat pig! I was very rebellious! Anyway I have 2 kids now ages 11 & 7 years and I have not been as strict As i do not hit my kids like I was hit when I was young, so I feel my kids are fearless! They answer me back and I have to repeat more than once several times and they still don’t listen I end up yelling! My dad now always says that my 2 sons are really bad boys and that I am a rubbish mum! He says this comment everyday for the last 2 years and also says it in front of people to me! I wonder if they are really bad boys or is there a condition like adhd I should be concerned about? I don’t think that they are naughty I do feel there is an underlying problem but I don’t know what it could be! Children don’t act up for no reason! A lot has happened in their young life like I did hit them when they were young for running off and not listening as I was so worried and it frightened me but I paid a heavy price as my kids were taken off of me and put into care. then I contacted their dad who had to go through some procedures before claiming full custody so that they could get out of care! Now they live full time at their dads house. He has a three bedroom house and garden so the boys have their own bedroom. The dad and I share custody, I have them weekends and all the school holidays they sleep at mine in a single room at my parents home! I can’t afford to rent privately and I am not getting anywhere on the council list! So my parenting and my children’s behaviour is very challenging with so many negative influences from my dad! What do you think? I appreciate your comments! Thanks
Fatpig - 17-Apr-18 @ 11:05 PM
My son is 9 he isin year 4 at school I've had his teacher talk to me about how slow he and that she has to tell him about 3 times to do some like open his book she has said like there's no motivation in him and that he can getupset very quickly. It is the same at home . He is also easy distracted in class .I am worried when do I do something about it or should I be worried? ?
Kell - 17-Apr-18 @ 6:44 PM
Zee - Your Question:
My son is 8 years old ,since nursery, teachers have been complaining he is slow and lazy. All his assessments gave the result of below average. He has no behaviour issues but he just can’t focus and understand. Simple mathematical questions he doesn’t understand he is in year 4 now.every year I have to teach him all the topics from the scaratch as if his memory has wiped out.his attention span is also very low can’t complete a simple task independently even if it’s non related to studies. Is it worth pushing the school or to asses him for some disorder or ADHD or could it be ,he being the youngest in class can’t focus or understand.

Our Response:
Yes it's definitely asking for him to be tested for a variety of learning difficulties. It may something like dyslexia/dyscalcula etc
KidsBehaviour - 23-Mar-18 @ 3:47 PM
My son is 8 years old ,since nursery, teachers have been complaining he is slow and lazy. All his assessments gave the result of below average. He has no behaviour issues but he just can’t focus and understand. Simple mathematical questions he doesn’t understand he is in year 4 now.every year I have to teach him all the topics from the scaratch as if his memory has wiped out.his attention span is also very low can’t complete a simple task independently even if it’s non related to studies. Is it worth pushing the school or to asses him for some disorder or ADHD or could it be ,he being the youngest in class can’t focus or understand.
Zee - 20-Mar-18 @ 10:00 PM
My son is 7 years old he dose not listenhe pitches from home and shops he's started to hit his brother and sisterand kids in school he dose not understandrightfromwronghe cant sit stillfor all of 2 mins he smasheshis stuff when he dose not get his way andthen liesabout it it is getting very hard to controlhim i cant even take him out no more as everywherei go i kicks offand peoplesay some nastystuff to me dont no whatto do no more
Claire Clayton - 20-Mar-18 @ 7:27 PM
My son is 3, we have recently been referred to speech and language but i have concerns there is more to it. He can be playing quietly then he will suddenly trash what he is playing with throwing toys and objects. He bites on his blankets with his head pushing onto the floor the sofa. He rolls around uncontrollable at times. He doesn't listen to instructions given e.g. when out and about around moving cars.when collecting him from nursery he will run away from me. When around children within the family he becomes very hyper to the point where i can't control him. He bites his little sister, he runs at her like a rugby tackle then shows no remorse. When I try to talk to him about his actions he ignores what i have said and talks about something else. He will take part in activities with me puzzles, play dough ect but then it ends up being trashed. I'm really at my wits end with it all. I don't know where to turn.
KB - 14-Mar-18 @ 10:17 PM
My son is 4 years old and due to start school in September. He’s a very angry little boy. He can go from very happy to very angry within a matter of seconds. He will scream, spit, and acts like he is going to hit although that isn’t followed through. He will however hit himself, headbut the wall or anything that is around him. Going shopping and being in public places can be a nightmare. He wants to run everywhere. He has no concept of standing next to me and walking. And when we leave anywhere (day out, grandparents, swimming) he will have a complete meltdown. Do you have any advice at all? Many Thanks
Firsttimemum - 10-Mar-18 @ 11:12 AM
My 4 year old boy can’t sit still at all, no one will sit next to him as he moves all time, he’s not a naughty boy it’s just He just can’t sit still, he eats very fast, and a loner when playing at home
Sue - 5-Mar-18 @ 5:20 PM
My son seems to fall into this category I'm his mum he through a cup at me violently he used to hit his girlfriend who's in a wheelchair they've now split latest episode he stabbed his brother with a carving knife he had to have a serious operation this as been over the last few weeks my son is coming 21 but as always been violent since he was a toddler I've took him to see doctors but getting no joy I'm scared he's going to something worse can you
Suzy 55 - 27-Feb-18 @ 8:14 PM
My son is 7 he hits out at me is very nasty to his sister perfect at school doesn't listen to me at all climbs down the banister even though I've told him it's dangerous swings at the top of the stairs kicks me tells me I'm the worst mum ever plus he says he hates his sister he's even nasty to our cat I'm at my wits end
Vick - 15-Feb-18 @ 11:17 AM
My 3 year old son not sit still, never dose what is asked of him, picks on children younger than him, hits out, shouts at me when told no always needs to be near me, cries at the smallest of things and if we say we going out he not hold on for more than 5mins before kicking off n crying been like this for months now would could I do.
Bear - 21-Jan-18 @ 6:52 PM
Hi my daughter is 11 and since I can remember she's always been more challenging than her sibling but I put it down to all kids being different. When she was 6 I fell pregnant and she went to kick my stomach stating the baby didn't want to come out. In school she was normally well behaved but often said she was ill to get out of going. The last year of primary school she started stealing from school and manipulating her friends and for the past few months home life has gone from bad to worse. She refuses to do anything I ask, swears, hits me and her younger and older siblings throws the biggest immature tantrums and is a daily battle. She can be so nasty to her brother and sister it's heartbreaking. Screams in my face she hates me and I'm a horrible rubbish mum. We have a support worker but even that's not helping. I'm so lost and just want to help her but I don't know how.
Lostmum - 4-Nov-17 @ 4:19 PM
Rach - Your Question:
Hi I have a 5 year old son who has always been naughty at home such as hurting his sisters putting holes in my walls he also hits and bites me, recently he's started to misbehave in school first time he told 3 teachers to shut up and wouldn't go in the classroom and yesterday he was sent to the head teacher for standing on the tables I've literally tried everythink and nothing bothers him he doesn't listen when I tell him to do something he will do the opposite help please

Our Response:
We can't give individual help or tell you whether your child has ODD, but hopefully the advice at the end of the article helps to signpost your next move.
KidsBehaviour - 4-Oct-17 @ 1:55 PM
Hi I have a 5 year old son who has always been naughty at home such as hurting his sisters putting holes in my walls he also hits and bites me, recently he's started to misbehave in school first time he told 3 teachers to shut up and wouldn't go in the classroom and yesterday he was sent to the head teacher for standing on the tables I've literally tried everythink and nothing bothers him he doesn't listen when I tell him to do something he will do the opposite help please
Rach - 3-Oct-17 @ 12:33 PM
Perdie - Your Question:
My 6 year old son shows majority of the tendencies of ADHD at home but at school is the perfect role model according to his teacher. My son is constantly on the go and runs everywhere go. He's fascinated with speed. At meal times, he fidgets even when sat down eating. He is easily distracted and never completes tasks even when I say I will help him, it's usually me who does it. When we go out to any social event even shopping, he's still the same. It's affecting our home life as he has two other siblings who are getting less attention from me because I'm always worried about my son and what he's doing. My question is even though he behaves fine at school, could he still have ADHD? I feel a little silly going to the GP's when he's completely different from each setting.

Our Response:
We really don't know, as you say, a GP would be able to tell you. It does seem strange that he's fine at school. Maybe it would be worth arranging to speak with the teachers/staff in his school to see if they have any suggestions. They will have dealt with ADHD before and even if they don't consider your child to have it, they can make suggestions for you to cope with his behaviour.
KidsBehaviour - 26-Sep-17 @ 2:03 PM
My 6 year old son shows majority of the tendencies of ADHD at home but at school is the perfect role model according to his teacher. My son is constantly on the go and runs everywhere go. He's fascinated with speed. At meal times, he fidgets even when sat down eating. He is easily distracted and never completes tasks even when I say I will help him, it's usually me who does it. When we go out to any social event even shopping, he's still the same. It's affecting our home life as he has two other siblings who are getting less attention from me because I'm always worried about my son and what he's doing. My question is even though he behaves fine at school, could he still have ADHD? I feel a little silly going to the GP's when he's completely different from each setting.
Perdie - 25-Sep-17 @ 2:18 AM
I have a 6 year old son and he doesn't sleep at night he figets constantly he's nasty to his 4 year old sister he hits and screams at me any advice would be much appreciated
Vik - 31-Aug-17 @ 6:41 PM
Help! My 7 year old ignores me and is constantly rough with his 3 year old brother. He constantly tells him to do stupid things to get him in trouble. In the past he threw the rabbit down the stairs and broke his teeth. He stole a knife from his nana house. Today he broke the washing line and climbs onto an unstable roof in the garden. He doesn't concentrate and refuses to do homework/read, goes to bed late it's exhausting
Despair - 29-Jul-17 @ 4:10 PM
My 7 year old son is constantly fidgeting and can not keep still, he's up all hours of the night just walking up and down the stairs and playing with toys in his bedroom, he wakes up the crack of dawn and he's constant all day he hardly sleeps and he's always full of energy, hyperactive and bouncing all the time his teachers have said he's fidgety in class and can't keep still they have had to give him a little ball to play with in the class so that he don't disturb other children he looses concerntration easily and gets bored of stuff very quickly, can anyone suggest anything that might help please?
Tess - 26-Jul-17 @ 11:26 AM
Hi I have a 4 year old daughter, she constantly needs to be on my lap, she literally can not sit still when doing so she also fidgets a lot and looses interest in activities we may do such as play a game etc, and then gets aggressive and throws things. When being disaplined she seems to not care about any consequences. She is very attached to myself and is due to start school in September she is visibly upset about the transition after having visits. She currently attends private nursery and can often be upset when I leave her but generally settles. She gets angry often and will throw things or lash out at myself or others. I also have problems getting her to go to bed on a night she literally is up and down for hours before she settles nearly every night. I know a lot of this stuff is quite common in children of her age but there seems something different, in comparison to my other child who is 10, I also know that all children are different, but I just feel that she honestly can not help her behaviour, any advice would be fantastic
Becky - 14-Jul-17 @ 12:10 AM
Hi My son is 6 years old is in year 1. Since reception(4/5 years old) my son has been getting into constant trouble with the teachers and head teacher. They have to sit him at a table near the teacher so she can constantly watch him and monitor him whilst he does his work. He has never sat down quietly to do his work....his always fidgeting, playing with his pencil or flicking it across the room. He hides under the table or just wonders around the room while everyone is doing their work. When the teacher tells the class what work has to be done he will always have to be told more then twice what needs doing....he cannot be left alone to do an activity because he just wonders off or messes his work up. Writing he does good at times but then he starts to do other things on his book like drawing etc. Everyday he hits children,his starting to stick his middle finger up at kids even though we as agents don't sware at all. He throws their belongings cus he finds it fun or hurts them....he sees it as fun all the time,he doesn't believe he annoys people...he doesnt even realise what his doing is wrong. He never says sorry if he does anything it just doesn't click in him to say this. He wants to be on the go all the time....he hates reading for long periods...(more then 5 mins) he gets all fidgety if I do his home work...he starts talking about other things while I'm trying to explain his work with him....its so frustrating and tiring. Having this problem at school and at home. I have 2 other kids and their totally different. I bring them up with good manners especially how to be with people...but he doesn't understand things properly...instructions he can't follow...he does the opposite and I can only give him 1 or 2 instructions at a time. Please can you help me as I find this depressing.Thanks
Ummi - 8-Jun-17 @ 1:23 PM
my son is 9 years old,hes very clumbsy,never seems to listen im constantly repeating myself to him every morning,hes started to soil himself now,and its so frustrating
kel - 29-May-17 @ 9:25 AM
Hi my daughter has just turned 5. She has always been extremely hyper. She was the 1 child at children's groups that wouldn't sit down for circle time I was always running after her trying to get her to sit down. She's always been very loud, has to be louder then everybody else yet hates anyone or anything else being loud. She will cover her ears & say it's too noisy. If I'm trying to do something she is always grabbing at whatever it is I'm doing & won't stop when told or physically removed. She climbs on all my furniture as though it's a climbing frame and constantly runs up & down. She will encourage her 2 Year old brother to chase her but even when he's tired from it she still tries to drag him by the scruff of his collar up & down the room. More often then not she won't listen & if I ask her to repeat what I've just said she doesn't have a clue. She hates it if I have to show her how to do something even if she doesn't know how to do it. She thinks she knows everything & I'm stupid. She has a tendency to get giddy a lot but it's a very stupid giddiness, which I can't calm her down from. There is nothing I can do with her most of the time but especially when she's giddy. She makes random noises throughout the day, which seem a little tourettes type noises. She is always talking to imaginary friends who apparently tell her how to do things. She has no stranger awareness which really worries me. She's always been a fussy eater due to the texture & when she's stressed needs a comforter, which she calls feel nice. I can't get her to sit still at home to eat her meals if I tell her once I tell her a dozen or so times. School say she's fine there yet she has melt downs some days when she comes home. She has to have help getting off the school bus from her peers as everything from her school bag is usually chucked on the floor. 1 of the children that help her mentioned that she is very loud & that she's like it at school. Her ballet tutor has also mentioned she's very loud for a little girl & that she never got tired whilst on a summer camp there. I can't get help with her & consultant told me until school flags something up there's nothing he could do. I feel like a failure & that her behaviour is my fault.
Adela - 28-May-17 @ 11:23 PM
I am concerned about my oldest daughter who has behaviour problems she is 8 years old not following instructions leaving class without permission taking a LeapPad into the girls toilet going on the Internet without permission leaving the class without permission I am very concerned about this due to more girls in the house it is very hard could you please help out thank you
Shab - 26-May-17 @ 2:38 PM
Hello my son is 4, he gets very angry very quickly and has massive meltdowns that last 30-40mins each time, these can be came on by nothing sometimes others it's Because you will not play a game with him (because busy with other children) when we have family over or he sees his friends out side of nursery he don't make eye contact even some days at nursery he will not look at staff for at least 20-30mins until he's ready to. He clings to me a lot. Loves to play board games (Ludo, monopoly, guess who list is endless) he has notsense of fear he had a meltdown at my daughters school a few weeks back and nearly ran in front of a car :( when he has these there is no way ofcalming him down he has to do it in his own time. Is there anything I can do to help him while he's having these meltdowns or let him ride it out?
Bella - 24-May-17 @ 10:27 AM
Stel- Your Question:
Hi I have a 4 year old son and I'm worried about his behaviour. He can sit on the sofa watching a film or on the iPad all quietly then all of a sudden feels the need to shout or make a really loud noise or even just start running around the front room. I'm always having to ask him to stop something more than twice. He gets carried away playing with other children and can get rough with them. Or likes to wind them up. He still wakes once during the night for a bottle of milk. He always runs off from me when we are out. I'm hoping his just being a naughty child that I can put right!! Please help, what can I do?

Our Response:
It sounds like natural behaviour to us. He shouldn't really be have milk in the night at this age, especially from a bottle (a terrible effect on the teeth and he's at an age where he should be sleeping through the nights).
KidsBehaviour - 22-May-17 @ 12:37 PM
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