Navigating Neurodiversity: Understanding ADHD in Children

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often manifests during childhood and can persist into adulthood. It is characterised by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can significantly impact daily functioning. It’s essential to remember that ADHD exists on a spectrum, and each individual may experience it uniquely.

Understanding ADHD: The Basics

  1. Inattention: Children with ADHD may struggle to maintain focus on tasks, frequently making careless mistakes due to a lack of attention to detail. They may find it challenging to organise activities and often forget to complete chores or homework.
  2. Hyperactivity: Hyperactive behaviour in children with ADHD can manifest as constant fidgeting, difficulty remaining seated in situations where it’s expected, or an inability to play quietly. These children may seem constantly on the go, as if driven by a motor.
  3. Impulsivity: Impulsivity can lead to hasty decision-making, interrupting others during conversations, and difficulty waiting for one’s turn. Children with ADHD may struggle with considering the consequences of their actions before acting.

What ADHD Looks Like in Children: Common Signs

  1. Frequent Daydreaming: Children with ADHD may often appear to be “in their own world,” struggling to stay engaged in tasks or conversations.
  2. Difficulty Following Instructions: Challenges in processing and following instructions may lead to incomplete or misunderstood tasks.
  3. Poor Time Management: Time can be a nebulous concept for children with ADHD, making it difficult for them to manage their time effectively.
  4. Social Struggles: Impulsivity and hyperactivity can impact social interactions, causing difficulties in forming and maintaining friendships.
  5. Academic Challenges: Inattentiveness and difficulty focusing can affect academic performance, leading to lower grades than the child’s potential suggests.

Supporting Children with ADHD

Understanding and acknowledging ADHD is the first step toward creating an inclusive and supportive environment for children with this neurodevelopmental condition. If you suspect that your child may be experiencing challenges related to ADHD, our clinic provides assessments and support. Feel free to reach out to us at for more information.

Remember, neurodiversity is a testament to the richness of human experience, and by embracing it, we pave the way for a more compassionate and inclusive world.

Wajma Ebrahimi

Wajma Ebrahimi

Principal Clinical Psychologist

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