Do you suspect your five year old is ADHD?
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Specialists in ADHD research feel that possibly 1,000,000 children under the age of six years have this inheritable, life affecting behavior disorder.


They also feel that the earlier a diagnosis is made, and the sooner behavioral training is started, the better the outcome of treatment and the more likely your child will develop good learning and social skills!


Unfortunately, making a diagnosis in this age group is very tough and requires a high level of suspicion. However, the evidence is clear; the sooner, the better.


We know you really want to help your child grow in social and educational skills that will allow him or her to achieve their highest level of success in life. We’re here to help you!


Take our checklist quiz to see if your six year old has symptoms and signs of early ADHD.

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Tend to potty train later than usual
Persists in eating with their fingers
Seems to be a year younger in language or co-ordination
Sometimes complains that shirt labels bother them and may cut them out
Will cut their hair if it bothers them
Will run outdoors without proper clothing or shoes into rain or snow
Wants to play alone
Remains very self-centered in play with one or more other children
Are selfish with regard to others toys and possessions
Cannot sit and listen while you read a story
Seem to be driven like a spring is wound tightly inside of them
Does not go to sleep easily or until late at night
Has habits such as tapping feet, drumming fingers 
Will purposely break something to show they are in control
Does not learn from major mistakes, such as touching a hot stove

If you checked:

0 to 3 it is doubtful your child is ADHD

4 to 9 your child needs to be carefully evaluated

10 to 15 there is a very good chance your child is ADHD

Remember, some children have ADHD traits but are not ADHD. The diagnosis is best made by a doctor who understands that ADHD is first a diagnosis of exclusion, then a diagnosis of exclusion. Every child is different and matures and develops learning and social skills at different rates. Possibly, the worst thing that could happen would be to treat a child who is not ADHD and adversely affect his or her success potential.


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                       “Spotting ADDS and ADHD In Kids Under Six Years Old” is your Internet source for UncommonSense
medical information for the entire family. Dr. Frank Barnhill, a Board

Certified Family Physician with over twenty years behavioral medicine
experience offers unique, concise, up to date, and practical discussions
on ADHD, behavioral disorders and many other aspects of family health

All articles are derived from published materials, educational sources and years of experience for each author. No portion of the above-contained information is offered as medical advice in any manner. In times of need, your family doctor or professional counselor is still the best source of advice for you and your family and you should consult him or her if you have any medical concerns.

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Frank Barnhill, M.D. 

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