ADHD is not the same for everyone. Every child’s case is unique, and shows different combinations of symptoms. The most common include: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (the tendency to react quickly without thinking). While we know that these characteristics are most common in children with ADHD, these symptoms often appear differently in each child.
Here is a helpful infographic (courtesy of Brain Balance Centers) that does a good job of explaining the various shades of ADHD.
As different as ADHD symptoms are from one child to another, so too should be their treatments. The best approach for your child is a plan tailored to his or her needs. While medication is a good option for some, other strategies include:
- Maintaining a consistent routine
- Keeping them busy
- Reinforcing good behavior
Most importantly, make sure to have regular discussions with your doctor and child’s teachers to be sure your plan is working.