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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Helping Very Young Children with ADHD

energy  www.childforum.com By Arwen Hann 
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ADHD is a biological disorder which is most often seen in school age children but can also be present in toddlers, pre-schoolers and adolescents and adults.

ADHD is usually broken down into three sub-categories: ADHD predominantly inattentive, ADHD predominantly hyperactive and ADHD combined type.

Children with ADHD may present with three main problems. They have trouble paying attention, they are hyperactive and they act on impulse. 

While all toddlers and pre-schoolers tend to display these symptoms to a degree, children with ADHD will have more exaggerated symptoms over prolonged periods. They will also have problems in numerous settings, for example both at home and in an ECE setting.

This article presents information and discusses:

  • the various signs of ADHD, and
  • how best to help a child with ADHD at home and at their early childhood centre or childcare.

 

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