Problems sitting still

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Updated: 8/11/2003 11:11 pm Published: 8/11/2003 11:11 pm

Many children seem to have boundless energy; but when they have constant problems sitting still, it might be more than just youthful spirits. Their behavior could be the result of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD for short. Children with ADHD are often restless, easily distracted, and have trouble staying seated. They may talk a lot, and repeatedly interrupt others. Outbursts of temper and impulsive behavior is also associated with this condition. However, other problems can cause some of these symptoms; it takes a professional to properly evaluate your child. Because ADHD is beyond the scope of a daycare to handle, and is also disruptive to the other children, they may refer you to the appropriate specialists for an exam. Several medications have been successful in reducing ADHD symptoms, and the hyperactivity tends to decrease with age. What's more, there are special learning techniques designed to help those who are attention deficit. Consult a specialist for more information. If your child has this condition, it should be identified and treated early, so as to minimize its effect on their education and social development.

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