There are three kinds of behavior involved in ADHD: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Of course all young children occasionally have trouble paying attention to teachers and parents, staying in their seats and waiting their turn. Kids should only be diagnosed with ADHD if their behavior is much more extreme in these areas than other kids their age.
These symptoms of ADHD are divided into two groups — inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. Some children exhibit mostly inattentive behaviors, and others, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive. But the majority of those with ADHD have a combination of both, which can make it very difficult for them to function well in school.
Here are behaviors signs of ADHD you might observe in school in those two categories.
Inattentive Symptoms of ADHD:
- Makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, overlooks details
- Is easily distracted or sidetracked
- Has difficulty following instructions
- Doesn’t seem to be listening when spoken to directly
- Has trouble organizing tasks and possessions
- Often fails to finish work in school or chores in the classroom
- Often avoids or resists tasks that require sustained mental effort, including doing homework
- Often loses homework assignments, books, jackets, backpacks, sports equipment
Hyperactive or Impulsive Symptoms of ADHD:
- Often fidgets or squirms
- Has trouble staying in his seat
- Runs and climbs where it’s inappropriate
- Has trouble playing quietly
- Is extremely impatient, can’t wait for his turn
- Always seems to be “on the go” or “driven by a motor”
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before a question is completed
- Interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations, activities, possessions