Attention deficient hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts impulsivity and attention. It can also affect activity level – with children often being referred to as hyperactive. Although these traits could be those of any child, children with ADHD struggle to develop strategies to self-manage their attention and focus. Children with ADHD can often seem dreamy, easily distracted. They also are likely to move a lot, having a need to fidget and have high levels of sensory input. They have a reduced sense of danger and high levels of impulsivity which can put them at risk. They also may find social interactions and maintaining friendships hard.

The three types of ADHD:

  1. Hyperactive – Impulse: Children who have issues with impulsivity. They move a lot, interrupt others and struggle to listen to directions.
  2. Inattentive: Children struggle with focus, find it hard to complete tasks and are easily distracted.
  3. Combined: A mixture of 1 and 2.
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