Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder, is a lifelong disability that’s often first diagnosed in childhood. The essential features include three clusters of behaviors: inattention, impulsiveness, and physical hyperactivity. Children who suffer from ADHD typically:
- have a difficult time staying focused or completing a task,
- act very quickly without much thought to the consequences of their actions, and
- are very physically active and may enjoy playing sports.
Do you suspect that your child has ADHD? Scroll through the gallery below for strategies you can use to help him stay focused. Remember, though, that at the end of the day, seeking professional assistance is still the first and best thing you can do for your child.
For more on attention span, check out this study:
- New Study: TV and Video Games Contribute to Kids’ Attention Problems + 10 Unplugged Indoor Activities for Children
(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine's "Keeping It Real" as "Keeping His Attention" in April 2009; photo by campagnoli via Flickr Creative Commons and used for illustrative purposes only; adapted for use in Female Network)