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One of the advantages of the Ramadan mosalsal ‘Khali Balak min Zizi’ is that it is raising awareness on ADHD, what to expect, how children function, and daily life struggles every parent should know about.
Before labeling a child with ADHD, it is important to understand that only a doctor and specialist will be able to diagnose your child through observation, tests, assessments, and a physical examination.
Symptoms of ADHD in children:
The symptoms of ADHD in children are usually quite easy to spot as they occur frequently at school and at home. In most cases, you will notice them before the age of 6, but ADHD is usually diagnosed around the age of 12
- Easily distracted and having a short attention span
- Making careless mistakes in schoolwork
- Losing things, misplacing objects, or being forgetful
- Inability to stick to time-consuming tasks
- Unable to carry out instructions
- Going from one activity and task to another
- Having difficulty organizing tasks
Hyperactivity or impulsiveness:
- Unable to sit still
- Constantly fidgeting
- Inability to focus on tasks
- Excessive physical movement
- Excessive talking
- Being unable to wait for their turn
- Acting without thinking
- Interrupting conversations
- Little or no sense of danger
Is ADHD associated with Autism?
Many people seem to confuse ADHD and autism as they can have some similar symptoms, especially in children on the spectrum. Children in both cases can be impulsive, have trouble with communication and schoolwork.
While the two disorders can appear to be similar, they are two very different conditions. Autism spectrum disorders are a series of development disorders that have an impact on language skills, behavior, social interactions, and the ability to learn. However, ADHD affects the way the brain grows and develops.
Who can diagnose ADHD?
If you think your child has some of the above symptoms, then it is best to visit one of the following doctors to get a proper diagnosis:
- A psychologist
- A psychiatrist
- A neurologist
- A master-level therapist is used for the initial screening. You can find out more about places in Egypt for screening in this article.
Understanding the term ‘Neurotypical’ or Normal behavior
The term ‘neurotypical’ is used to describe children or adults with typical or expected developmental, cognitive, and intellectual skills and abilities. However, a child who has autism or other developmental issues will be referred to as ‘neurodiverse’.
These terms were created to help look at autism from a different perspective and recognize the strong abilities, strengths, and differences without seeing autism as a disorder.
Characteristics of a neurotypical child:
A neurotypical child is based on not having certain struggles and being able to do the following:
- No difficulty interacting with other children
- No difficulty holding a conversation
- No signs of sensory issues
- Being able to tolerate crowds and loud noises
- Being able to adapt to change
- Signs Your Child May Have Learning Difficulties
- 5 Places in Cairo to Aid Children with Learning Difficulties
- 5 Things You Need to Know About ADHD
Sources used in this article:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – NHS
- Symptoms and diagnosis of ADHD – CDC
- ADHD or Autism? – Web MD
- All about recognizing a Neurotypical – Healthline
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