Just Hyper or ADHD? Why Parents & Caregivers Should Treat Both With Patience & Understanding by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

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Just Hyper or ADHD? Why Parents & Caregivers Should Treat Both With Patience & Understanding

In the last 20 years, the percentage of kids diagnosed with attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) has nearly doubled. Even with the growing incidence, many parents and teachers are quick to stigmatize hyper or impulsive behavior. Before you write off a first- or second-grader as naughty for his poor choices and lack of control, understand these common symptoms:

  • Trouble paying attention.
  • Not listening.
  • Easily distracted.
  • Disorganized.
  • Perpetual fidgeting.
  • Constant motion.
  • Interrupting.
  • Acting out.

All kids struggle with these symptoms sometimes, but those with ADHD have differences in brain development that affect their ability to focus and maintain self-control, and only a trained health-care provider can tell the difference. If you come across a child who is showing signs of ADHD, patience and understanding will go further than anger and frustration, whether they have ADHD or not. 

A new generation of acceptance is sitting in classrooms right now with fidget toysweighted blankets and other ADHD tools to help them overcome challenges, and adults need to do their part to support them.

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Thank you so much for raising awareness of ADHD. So many parents need this info! Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Really important to spread the word about this.

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