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Attention deficit disorder

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Question: I need to know if you have a check list if you suspect your child has ADD. What are the symptoms? Thank you!

I do not have a "check list" for ADD, attention deficit disorder.

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD are described as follows:

Symptoms causing impairment are present before age 7 years
Impairment from symptoms are present in at least 2 setting
Must be clear evidence of clinical impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning
Symptoms do not occur due to another impairment

Inattention: At least 6 of the following symptoms for at least 6 months

Fails to give close attention to details, makes careless mistakes
Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Foes not follow through on instructions and fails to finish tasks
Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Avoids, dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
Loses things
Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
Forgetful in daily activities

Developmental Profile of Children

Infancy:

Difficult temperament
Irregular sleep patterns
Obstinate picky eaters
Negative parent child relationship

Preschoolers:

High "nuisance value"
Higher percentage of speech and language problems
Difficulties with : communication skills
Changing from tactile to visual strategies
Covert speech (internal conversations)
Impulsive, non compliant, fearless
Irregular behavior, poor judgement
Poorly developed social skills
Aggressive behavior

Source: Goldstein and Goldstein 1990

I hope this is good information for you .

For more information the following resources are recommended

Beyond Ritalin, Stehpen W. Garber, Ph.D. and Robyn Freedman Spizman
Help, the Kid's Driving Me Crazy! , L Adkins & J. Cady
Attention Deficit Disorder Elaine K. McEwan
The A.D.D Book, William Sears, M.D. & Lynda Thompson, Ph.D.
Maybe You Know My Kid, Second Edition, Mary Fowler

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