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Are teachers able to recognize ADHD in children?

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Since teachers work with many different children, they also come to know how students typically behave in classroom situations requiring concentration and self-control. So when they notice something outside the norm, they may speak with the school psychologist or the parents about their concerns.

However, teachers can't diagnose ADHD. They can tell you what they've noticed, but after that, you would need to get a professional to evaluate your child to see if she have ADHD or if something else is going on.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

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