October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD awareness month, this year the theme is ‘knowing is better’ and as part of this we’d like to highlight some commons signs you can look out for in children with ADHD.

ADHD is a genetic condition that affects the parts of the brain that controls attention and concentration. According to the ADHD Foundation, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders that can continue through the teenage years and into adulthood.

ADHD is more common in boys than girls and most children are diagnosed at primary school, when they are required to concentrate for longer periods of time.

Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty with concentration and paying attention, difficulty controlling impulses and behaviour, and hyperactivity.

Children with ADHD can often display the following types of behaviour:

• Distracted easily
• Don’t like doing things that involve sitting still
• Don’t appear to be listening
• Aren’t able to follow instructions or complete tasks
• Have a tendency to daydream
• Suffer from mood swings
• Often loses things
• Fidgets and wriggles when sitting
• Has trouble playing quietly
• Interrupts when other people are talking
• Talks excessively
• Has trouble waiting for their turn
• Is always moving, such as running or climbing on things

ADHD is known to run in families and parents or siblings of children with this condition are 4-5 times more likely to have the condition themselves.

LDA have a range of products to help you support children with ADHD, including informative books and resources to help with concentration levels. All these products can be found here

More information on ADHD and support can be found on the ADHD Foundation website https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/