ADHD - Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
Symptoms include poor concentration, being easily distracted, daydreaming and not staying on task. With hyperactivity there can be a lot of movement, rushing from one thing to the next and impulsive behaviour such as acting without considering the consequences.
Rigid routines are developed and a change of routine is very unsettling. There is obsessive behaviour and often absorption in a particular interest. Empathy and imagination are lacking, making friends and social interactions are difficult. There can be over sensitivity or under sensitivity to the environment. Incluing sounds, smells, touch, taste and light.
Difficulties learning and understanding mathematics.
There can be difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and sequencing such as putting the days of the week in consecutive order. For a dyslexic person words and letters may appear to move, e.g. jumping around, getting jumbled up, twisting and turning and moving off the page.
Poor balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, organisation and memory. There can be problems with movements that use small muscles, such as writing. and with large muscles. such as running. Speech and social skills can also be affected.
Tics can come and go. They include quick, involuntary movements, unintentional vocalisations such as swearing, facial grimaces and making sudden sounds and noises. There can also be compulsions e.g. to touch something.