ADHD

Question
Posted by: Kate | 2010-06-09

Q.

Is this ADHD?

Hi,
I have an extremely busy toddler. She loves doing physical activities, more than anything else. Her teacher is starting to mention hyperactivity. She is 3 years old. How do you distinguish between an active toddler and an hyperactive one?
Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear Kate,

The fundamental difference between 'just active' and 'hyperactive' is that hyperactivity is present in all situations and all activities: in the car, at school, during meal times, during play dates, at bedtime, in the bath, at church, in the shopping centre etc.

Children who have high energy levels do understand that there times when we need to be quiet and 'behave'. Granted your todller is still young, but this concept should be beginning to make sense to her.

There are 'knobbly cushions' you can get from OT's which enable children to move and get the stimulation they require without getting up and running around. Having her jump o a trampoline before quiet times may also help to ground her and calm her.

Try pay closer attention (I know it is difficult) to her behaviour patterns and see if she can control her outward activity when the time calls for it. It may require some new discipline strategies to let her know you mean business.

Good luck,
Delia

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Posted by: A | 2010-06-09

Hi. I think age 3 is still too young to diagnose ADHD or ADD. You can more accurately diagnose this at around 5 - 6/7 years.
All the best! (Grade R Educator)

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010-06-09

Dear Kate,

The fundamental difference between 'just active' and 'hyperactive' is that hyperactivity is present in all situations and all activities: in the car, at school, during meal times, during play dates, at bedtime, in the bath, at church, in the shopping centre etc.

Children who have high energy levels do understand that there times when we need to be quiet and 'behave'. Granted your todller is still young, but this concept should be beginning to make sense to her.

There are 'knobbly cushions' you can get from OT's which enable children to move and get the stimulation they require without getting up and running around. Having her jump o a trampoline before quiet times may also help to ground her and calm her.

Try pay closer attention (I know it is difficult) to her behaviour patterns and see if she can control her outward activity when the time calls for it. It may require some new discipline strategies to let her know you mean business.

Good luck,
Delia

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