Being a parent of a child with ADHD or other behavioral problems and learning disorders can be very difficult. It is exhausting trying find a way to help your child overcome these disorders and bad behavior and become the best possible them they can be. Nine percent of all children in the U.S are diagnosed with ADHD and are being medicated for it when other avenues should be considered. Parents and doctors are medicating children too young and too fast to make a quick fix for unwanted behavior.
It is normal for children to have trouble paying attention or behaving properly in certain situations. Being able to sit all day in a class room or a church service, becoming easily distracted by shiny or really cool things when they should be doing something else, or running around the house in a fit of joy or just simply in the desire to run around and waste some of that God given energy, or having problems learning in school, is all normal behavior for a child. It is when these everyday childhood things become debilitating, that a parent should seek some professional guidance to help get these behaviors under manageable control.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that a child that has ADHD might have a hard time paying attention, daydream a lot, not seem to listen, be easily distracted from schoolwork or play, forget things, be in constant motion or unable to stay seated, squirm or fidget, talk too much, not be able to play quietly, act and speak without thinking, have trouble taking turns or interrupt others. Most of these symptoms sound a lot like ordinary everyday childhood things. Half of the adults we know have most of these symptoms. Parents and physicians have to be careful to make certain that the child is not just simply being a child (n.p.).
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed the guideline for the age a child can evaluated and treated for ADHD from the ages of 6 to12 years of age to 4 to 18 years of age. It is