It is now known that ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. In approximately 80 percent of cases, a child with ADHD will continue to have the disorder as a teenager, and the majority of children with ADHD will have it into adulthood (Lists 1.4, 1.6).
ADHD is typically diagnosed in school-age children. However, there is evidence that even in infancy, toddler, and early childhood years there are indicators that a child may be at risk for eventually being diagnosed with ADHD (or another developmental disorder). “Difficult temperaments” characterize many infants and toddlers who may later experience childhood problems and be diagnosed with ADHD or some other disorder.
The following are signs to watch for in infancy that may be symptomatic of possible future difficulties:
In the toddler years, early indicators may include the following:
It is recommended that when children in these very ...