Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

​​If your child has any of the following symptoms, they may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

  • attention difficulties
  • impulsiveness and hyperactivity
  • not able to sit still, plan ahead or finish tasks.

Boys with ADHD are usually diagnosed earlier than girls.

​How can I help?

  • Talk to your child about strategies that will suit him/her.
  • Allow your child to have regular breaks during the day.
  • Use a diary for notes and reminders.
  • Have a space for peace and quiet.
  • Keep routines consistent.
  • Vary activities.
  • Be consistent and clear with rules and boundaries.

Where can I find further advice?

A number of other agencies and third sector organisations provide a range of information and advice.

Their views are not necessarily the views of Education Scotland.​​