We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments, or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them. Those are the kids that we think of as having ADHD.
ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness. You may have suspected that you have ADHD, and have been told that “you can’t have that.” This is not true, and you may very well have ADHD. You may constantly be in motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other folks with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one person.
People with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not your traits of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Folks who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
I use a neurodivergent affirming framework that can help you learn about your traits and create accessible spaces where you can meet your needs. This is done without “punishment” and is more about listening to your needs without judgment so that you can act on them.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD and therapy, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to share how I can help your child achieve success and grow.