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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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1.14 Pursuing an Evaluation for ADHD: Tips for Parents

Many symptoms associated with ADHD are common in and of themselves (List 1.5). They do not mean the child has a disorder. But when your child is exhibiting inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive behaviors that seem to be much more excessive than you see in other children and that are causing problems for your child at home, school, and elsewhere, you may wish to pursue an evaluation.

  • It is common for parents to become concerned about their child's problematic behaviors once the child starts school and faces the demands of an academic environment. For many children, it is not until third or fourth grade that they start to struggle in school as the academic demands get much harder, and expectations for on-task behavior, work production, and self-control intensify.
  • Some children have significant behavior problems and ADHD symptoms that are evident from early childhood, with lots of difficulty functioning in preschool and kindergarten (Lists 1.11, 7.4).
  • Other children with ADHD do not have hyperactive and disruptive behaviors that raise concerns and get the attention of teachers and parents. There are many children with ADHD who manage to function adequately in an elementary school setting with the high degree of support and structure provided by parents and teachers, but fall apart in middle school and high school with the increased academic demands and expectations for self-management (Lists 1.11, 7.5).
  • You may have had teachers, ...

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