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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 23 May 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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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
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
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.
Scit - 5-Aug-18 @ 12:30 PM
Hi my middle sone is soon to be 6years old and i have notice quite alot of these questions you have asked in his behaviour, his old school tried saying it was attachment disorded but his behaviour doesnt tally to any of the symptoms to that, they thought at one point he may have disphaxia as he gets confused easily and struggles with some things at school however he has now moved schools and is still in his shy mode but does get hyperactive and is very clumsy too
Ami87 - 26-Jul-18 @ 9:43 PM
My son is now 6 years old. A little back story, at 2 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and went through treatment of chemo and radiotherapy for a year. There have been some repercussions after treatment however all professionals are unsure to what extent. His biological dad hasn't been around not even when he was born and didn't show any interest when I told him that his son was terminally ill so my son hasn't had a real man figure in his life other than his uncle and grandad. For just over a year now I have been in a serious relationship and we are about to have our first child together, my son has always shown some behaviour issues however every professional has dismissed it being anything serious and kept going back to what he went through rather than being assessed, he has never like change and certain things need to have a routine or he will become at times uncontrollable he has recently been telling my partner that he doesn't want him around anymore and also doesn't want to stay with me anymore and only his grandmother which is very hurtful. He also recently had a Neuro psychology assessment and he scored just below the threshold to be tested for autism. He has shown excitement to becoming a big brother and I have tried and still trying to slowly get him used to the big change that will be happening. When he does say some hurtful things he doesn't acknowledge that what he said actually hurt and goes about the rest of his time in a normal manner. He will sometimes talk about his feelings but only hours after the words have been said. I am concerned that he may have a form of autism but am unsure as to how I can get professionals to listen to me. Is there anyone that can help either am I overthinking his behaviour and he is just being a normal 6 year old or is there an underlining condition that hasn't been diagnosed yet? Any advice would be helpful
Trix - 19-Jul-18 @ 11:05 PM
Hello, Could you please help me. My 6 year old son is exceeding in school and seems quite bright. I am not an educated man and am not sure quite how bright my boy is although he does read those David Walliam books in one sitting which are 500 pages he keeps reminding me. I answered yes 6 times and no 4 times in your questionnaire so I thought maybe my worries are unfortuantely true. My son at times cannot take in what you are telling him for more than a few seconds, he cannot hear when I am talking to him repeating his name over, I have had his ears checked he is fine. He never really lashes out but does shows signs of autistic agression although not as bad as when he was 3/4 years old. He has no issues at school. I would like to know if I should be more considerate of a condition he may have because discipline is the hardest thing for me and my wife, we really don't know how to deal with him to be honest Thank you..
janinka - 7-Jul-18 @ 6:00 PM
My son is 11 years old he’s keeps kicking off at home and school, he hits out at things and people. I think he might have adhd but he’s not been tested for it yet, also he keeps telling little white lies and I don’t know why, he says he’s not happy but he won’t say why.
Sarahjayne - 26-Jun-18 @ 11:44 PM
jaynefox - Your Question:
My son is 7 years old and has always been a very active child not being able to sit still and being forgetful and he cant concentrate long enough to watch a full film but recently he has started lashing out alot and crys over tiny things. He has started hurting his brother and sister and finding it funny. Hes had an adhd assesment and they say hes fine hes gone from over acheaving to under acheaving aswel and has no interest in school work at all. Please help

Our Response:
It sounds like something is distressing your child and causing him to react to things in an uncharacteristic way. This may not be ADHD related, it could be to do with something else, physical or emotional, going on in his life. Talk to him about what makes him feel sad, happy etc, try spending some one-to-one time with him, talk to his school teachers about his behaviour, his relationships with other pupils and so on. If you're still worried about him, go back to your GP, they may be able to refer him from counselling etc.
KidsBehaviour - 22-Jun-18 @ 12:00 PM
My son is 3 and a half. He can walk, run and play, even with other children. But he will not talk at all. When he thinks no one is paying attention you might catch him saying "Hey" or little words like "momma" " dada" but months go by with out hearing him say anything sounding like a word he yells, screams, and shrieks. He won't listen to me at all, even when he's looking right at me. I know he's not deaf because loud noises on TV or fireworks make him cover his ears. At night when it's time to go to bed or during the day for nap time, I tell him to lay down and go to sleep like a big boy, and he screams his head off. We have 2 chihuahuas, and if you've ever owned a chi you know they bark at every little thing that is out of the norm, plus out chihuahuas love our son and our baby girl and would do atndnything to protect them, so I know there's nothing in his room that could possibly hurt him. He has a nightlight. We have to out hook locks on too he inside top of our front and back door, because he has snuck outside early in the mornings if he woke up before I did. He'd sneak out of his room, unlock either door, and go outside and play. I live in a CITY. We have a small sidewalk then BAM the street. We live on a side street so traffic isn't bad but I was petrified when I woke up and he wasn't in the house the first time. After that I get up at 6 am everyday and usually don't get to go to bed til he does usually after 11pm. We have a little girl who is 14 months old and she acts completely different. She says actual words and listens to instructions, and I actual complete 180 from her brother, which is also what I can't figure out, he didn't start acting like this til he was about a year and a half. Before that he didn't yell or scream o throw fits AT ALL. He was 100% happy all this he this heme even as a newborn he had a great temperment. The perfect baby, was what everybody said he was. I had 10 to 15 close friends or family members who would watch him, no problem they were happy to do it. Since he turned 1 and a half I have 1 aunt and uncle who will take him for the weekend. They raised me and to them he's their grandchild. They have a much bigger house than I do, so he has room to play and run inside they also live out in the country so he has acres and acres to play outside so they take him for me almost every weekend. They know it's a giant help and our daughter even has a better temperment and attitude when hes gone. She gets to sleep in, when he brother is here he'll scream at the top of his lungs every few hours till everyone is awake.I don't know what brought on this sudden change except we moved to a different state when he was a year and half old, but we moved in with family and have been here for 2 years and lived next door to my family in our own place for 16 months. I figure he'd be adjusted by now if that was the issue. I just need to know if anybody can give me any idea what could wrong with him I'd love any in
Gin - 21-Jun-18 @ 8:40 PM
My son is 7 years old and has always been a very active child not being able to sit still and being forgetful and he cant concentrate long enough to watch a full film but recently he has started lashing out alot and crys over tiny things. He has started hurting his brother and sister and finding it funny. Hes had an adhd assesment and they say hes fine hes gone from over acheaving to under acheaving aswel and has no interest in school work at all. Please help
jaynefox - 21-Jun-18 @ 7:23 AM
I have a 7 year old who seems to have a hard time paying attention in school and home he seems to always be in his own world and tends to have a hard time listening.I been told by the teacher multi times to take him with his pediatrician. but i never do it because i want to think he's still young and maybe he will change when he matures. The teacher says he is given instruction on a assignments eveyone is following up with it expect for him and when he is asked what were the insctructions given he responds with "What" like he is totally out lf it and i see that behavior at home as well. another thing he is very forgetful he is told to do a task at home and will go on with whatever he doing and when i ask him has it been done he responds with ohhh yeah i forgot i feel like he's so young to be very forgetful and i can see it in his face like he really did forget he seems surprise when i approach him and question him about the task he had to do. Not long ago i sat him down to write his ABC and numbers 1-100 he can't do that he is having a very hard time. In school he struggles with math and writing he's teacher says he's good at reading but not math or comprehension. I am i wrong for not seeking help or should i wait and see how worse can it get.
priscilla - 8-Jun-18 @ 11:40 PM
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