Your child can’t sit still and has difficulties concentrating. Lately, you’ve been increasingly worried about his behaviour. It’s time you paid some attention to this problem, because it’s possible you might be dealing with a case of hyperactivity.

You don’t have to be worried, you are not the only parent whose child is hyperactive.

This is a frequent situation and it is estimated that between 6 and 8% of all children suffer from hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders.

If you really want to get rid of all doubts, here are the signs:

 

EGOCENTRICITY

Most of the time, a hyperactive child will not understand or acknowledge the needs of others around them. Therefore, you might notice that he keeps interrupting you when you speak, or that he intervenes when two other people talk amongst themselves, because he wants something.

Or you might notice that at the playground he never waits for his turn on the slide or on the swing.

HE HAS TROUBLE CONTROLLING HIS EMOTIONS

You notice that your little girl or boy can’t control their emotions – regardless of them being positive or negative. Their mood changes from one moment to the other and they skip from intense joy to yelling and crying. This is also a sign of hyperactivity.

HE IS CONTINUOUSLY AGITATED

They say children usually have a lot of energy, but yours seems to have endless supplies of it. He can’t sit still, he continuously runs around and screams, has no patience playing games that keep him at the table (like painting, drawing, building a puzzle or other activities that require his patience, his attention and some fine dexterity).

HE LEAVES THINGS UNFINISHED

Even when he does start a game or some other activity, a hyperactive child never has enough patience to finish is. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a house chore (like picking up his toys) or a game. Whatever he starts, he never finishes, because his attention is easily drawn to something else.

ATTENTION DEFICIT

Even if you have asked him to do or not do something for a million times now, a hyperactive child will not listen or he has already forgotten. You shouldn’t get mad, because he is not doing it on purpose. Hyperactivity is the reason why he can’t focus and pay attention.

HE EARNS BAD GRADES IN SCHOOL

Because of the attention deficit, a hyperactive child might not earn good grades in school. But that doesn’t make him less intelligent! It’s just that for such a child it is difficult to perform a task that requires being organized, planning, paying attention and focusing on something for a long time.