ADHD Red Flags

Warning Signs That May Indicate That a Child or Adolescent has ADHD:

(Symptoms must be at a level of impairment for a diagnosis to occur)


Possible Symptoms on Inattention:

  • Difficulty regulating and prioritizing attention, including over-focusing on stimulating activities

  • Distracted easily from the task at hand by noises or things going on around them

  • Looking around frequently

  • Difficulty staying focused on one activity

  • Daydreaming

  • Not focusing on speaker when spoken to

  • Unable to remember verbal instructions

  • Misinterpreting instructions

  • Unable to pay attention to details

  • Difficulty completing work without being reminded

  • Losing things

  • Difficulty organizing belongings and work

  • Difficulty starting things

  • Forgetting normal routines

Possible Symptoms of Hyperactivity:

  • Fidgeting and squirming

  • Problems remaining seated

  • Talking excessively and at inappropriate times

  • Often running and climbing

  • Standing instead of sitting at the table

  • Unable to settle into a quiet activity

  • Constantly on the go

  • Frequently handling or touching objects and other people

Possible Symptoms of Impulsivity:

  • Acting or reacting before considering consequences

  • Butting into conversations

  • Blurting out answers in the classroom

  • Beginning work before instructions are given

  • Disturbing others who are playing

  • Grabbing others belongings

  • Touching, grabbing hitting others

  • Problems waiting for turn or standing in line

  • Making impulsive decisions

Signs That May be Present in the Classroom

  • Inattention

  • Easily distracted

  • Incomplete work

  • Problems with getting homework done

  • Problems bringing homework and necessary books home

  • Difficulty remembering to hand work in

  • Not able to produce the same amount and/or level of school work as others

  • Need for repeated instructions

  • Misinterpreting instruction and questions on assignments or tests

  • Difficulty with handwriting

  • Difficulty understanding what is read

  • Careless errors

  • Problems paying attention to details

  • Problems with spelling and math

  • Problems with sequencing

  • Forgetting deadlines or difficulty completing work on time

  • Problems with organizing larger assignments and projects

  • Problems starting assignments

  • Frequent daydreaming and presenting as spacey

  • Excessive talking and interrupting others

  • Blurting out answers

  • Unable to sit still, constantly on the move

  • Touching, pushing and grabbing others or things impulsively

  • Interrupting others at play

  • Problems dealing with frustration

  • Tentative and unsure of trying new things and learning new skills

  • Reluctant to volunteer answers or be called upon

  • Does not make or keep friends easily

  • Unable to change focus or start and stop activities

  • Transitions or changes produce agitation or frustration