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.
- Mindroom - Resources for parents - downloadable resources for parents and carers of children with learning difficulties
- NHS - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Young Minds - For parents - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Scottish ADHD Coalition - brings together a number of voluntary organisations providing support to adults and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Scotland, and their parents, carers and families.