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Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 14 Jun 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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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
I’m so exhausted with my 5 year old son. No matter how much I punish him or how many times I tell him about something he just won’t listen properly at all and laughs at me. He’s very forgetful. Literally if I ask him to do something like tidy his room , by the time he’s gotten up there he’s forgotten what he was supposed to be doing. He won’t keep still and constantly needs stimulating. He can’t hear very well sometimes and loud noises make him cover his ears. I just don’t know where to start to be Honest. He’s always been major hard work but can b so loving aswell. When I ask him why he does the things h does , he just says “mummy I can’t control it” please help someone. Doctors are rubbish!
Mommadanniibear - 7-Jun-18 @ 5:55 PM
My son is 5yrs old. When i talk to him he acts like he doesnt hear me. He doesnt listen and he cant be still unless he has something in his hands. I asked him if he feels like he cant be still or he juat doesbt want too. He said he cant. Taken him to his dr he wants me to wait until he goes to kindergarden to see if his behavior affects his learning. I do not want my child on any medicine. Are the any other routes to take?
Tgibbs - 31-May-18 @ 12:10 PM
Pulling my hair out ...... I have a 14yr old son..... he has always strurged in school life and has dyslexia... he hates being inside and feels more happy and in control outside...... we have had situations over the last few yrs with him lashing out not just to others at school but at home and to himself. ... he gets into trouble at school for not listening or fidgeting.... the school sencould has said she sees no reasons for his behaviour and we pushed for a cdc referral but due to the schoolstaff reports even though they have only had him for 8 mths theyou refused to see him...... I know deep down there is somethink else going on with him but feel like no one's listening. .. all we want is for him to have the best chance in life but others just see him know as a 'bad boy' as they say. ... what else can we do!!!
Mouse - 26-May-18 @ 11:46 PM
my son is 3 and half years old.he dies not sit at one place at all. veey hyperactive.hits walls and himself in joy..keeps shouting..gets bore easily..hits other children without any reason..spit out on others.does not listen to me at all.what should i do.i m fed up and tired
aemon - 25-May-18 @ 9:57 AM
Hiya Ive got a 4 year old son.. I'm really struggling me and he's dad split nearly two years ago since about a year ago, he's really not able to control his feelings, has moments of rage that takes hours to get him out of... Feels very low about himself eg"mummy I don't like myself I just like my daddy" and now he's struggling with friends at school he believes no one wants to play with him and once he's teacher has sorted that out and he's playing with someone he will just walk off and say he wants to be left alone but will cry saying no one wants to play with him..... I'm really worried as well about how he takes in information it's like he doesn't remember a thing he got good at he's numbers and colours and now it's like he doesn't know any of them... He struggles with new routines too especially at school. I'm getting really upset about all this as I just want to make him feel better and I don't know how to do it and I don't know why he has been acting like this... I have a massive concern about ADHD or even anxiety with new situations I just need some help and advice on what I can do to help my son feel better Thank you
Hales - 23-May-18 @ 1:11 PM
My son is 3 years and he can't walk and even he can't stay he can't see,so i dont now what to do because we have been consultant we doctor's but they never resolve my son situation so any help.
owen - 18-May-18 @ 6:24 AM
NABDALLA- Your Question:
My son is 11 and he cant stay focused when he studys or do homework. He lies alot for no reason and create stories for fun. Recently he did something I don't know how to interpret "i was at work and after he got back from school he finishes showe went outside to the living room naked in front an of his brother and the nanny. He was laughing, the nanny told me" I talked to him but am worried that je cant control his actions and doesn't think of any consequences for his actions. Need your help, do you think this is serious and needs a specialist to assist?

Our Response:
Have you tried imposing consequences for behaviour that he should know is unacceptable? What worked in the past? Is this a recent thing? We can't really comment due to the lack of information but before seeking professional help, you should check that as parents, you have set defined rules and boundaries that your son is clearly aware of and thatthere will definitely be consequences for not adhering to them.
KidsBehaviour - 11-May-18 @ 11:28 AM
My son is 11 and he cant stay focused when he studys or do homework. He lies alot for no reason and create stories for fun. Recently he did something i don't know how to interpret "i was at work and after he got back from school he finishes showe went outside to the living room naked in front an of his brother and the nanny. He was laughing, the nanny told me" i talked to him but am worried that je cant control his actions and doesn't think of any consequences for his actions. Need your help, do you think this is serious and needs a specialist to assist?
NABDALLA - 9-May-18 @ 8:16 PM
Sarahw - Your Question:
My son is 6 years old, he use to make friends really easy but just lately he kind if just watches, I've also noticed these past few months he has the biggest meltdowns over the smallest things, when he does something he shouldn't he says his head told him to it, he hums alot just recently and has stopped making eye contact this has happened over the past few weeks and is not like him at all, he never stops he always has to be doing something and moving, he can't wait his turn for anything he has to Inturpt people. Does this seem like a typical 6 year old or could it be signs of something like adhd please

Our Response:
It's probably worth taking him to your GP to get him checked over if you're worried.
KidsBehaviour - 9-May-18 @ 3:48 PM
My son is 6 years old, he use to make friends really easy but just lately he kind if just watches, I've also noticed these past few months he has the biggest meltdowns over the smallest things, when he does something he shouldn't he says his head told him to it, he hums alot just recently and has stopped making eye contact this has happened over the past few weeks and is not like him at all, he never stops he always has to be doing something and moving, he can't wait his turn for anything he has to Inturpt people. Does this seem like a typical 6 year old or could it be signs of something like adhd please
Sarahw - 7-May-18 @ 11:15 AM
Help please. My son is 6 years old I have been having problems with him since he was old enough to crawl it started at head butting the floor really hard to hitting me with my consistency and explaining what could happen if he carried on it stopped. As he got older I noticed behaviours with him that I didn't really see in other children like he can not sit or stand still and has so much energy even with all the sport he does he fidgets constantly and if he does not understand something he gets really frustrated and cries a lot or ends with negative behaviour such as hitting other children for example today he has strangled another child. I have tried my hardest to not show him any negative attention and always point out the good in any oputunity. He loves praise but I worry as he doesn't seem to bothered to gain praise in anything anymore he has no fear of danger and when you try talking to him in a calm manner he literally look right through you I try again and again until the point I have to tell him to sit on his own until he is ready to speak and the most I get is I don't know. He is 6 and in year 1 and the school are saying he is likely to be getting expelled if it Carrys on as they have tried all sorts of different things and nothing works he screams and disrupts classes. The adhd team rejected him as their is not much evidence of his behaviour even though school are aware but the school can not intervene it has to be the doctors. Please someone tell me you have been through what I am going through. What do I do ?
Ky - 2-May-18 @ 6:25 PM
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
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