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How ADHD Affects Your Child - Topic Overview

It is important to learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the specific ways your child is affected. Knowledge about the condition will help you feel more confident in being able to help your child reach his or her potential. The following information can help you begin to understand how this condition may affect your child.

  • Your child's brain automatically responds to new sensations or events whether or not it is appropriate. To make the best of this quality, use colorful reminders, books with pictures, and hands-on activities whenever possible.
  • Your child focuses on the present and does not learn from past experience. You have to repeatedly and consistently respond to the same misbehavior until appropriate behavior is learned. Also, comment often on your child's positive behavior, and he or she will be more likely to repeat that behavior.
  • Your child may feel driven to keep some part of his or her body moving at all times. Do not expect or require your child to stand or sit perfectly still, even when being given instructions.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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