Preschoolers with ADHD may need a lot of supervision. They can be very active and may have intense emotions. Here’s what the teacher might see.
Needs constant supervision
- Your child gets into materials easily.
- Your child jumps off the top of the playground equipment.
The issue: Kids with ADHD have trouble controlling impulses and act without thinking.
Lacks physical boundaries
- Your child knocks things off shelves and bumps into things.
- Your child sits too close to other kids and invades their personal space.
- Your child slides out of the chair and rolls on the floor.
The issue: Kids with ADHD can have difficulty controlling movement.
Has frequent meltdowns
- Your child gets very upset over unimportant things.
- Your child yells and screams when disagreeing with another child.
- Your child doesn’t apologize after hurting someone’s feelings.
The issue: Kids with ADHD can have trouble regulating their emotions and reacting appropriately to others’ feelings.
Never stops moving
- Your child can’t sit still for more than a few minutes for calendar or story time.
- Your child runs in circles on the playground instead of playing with other kids.
- Your child asks a question but doesn’t wait for the answer before asking again.
The issue: Kids with ADHD are often in constant motion, both physically and mentally.
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About the author
Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.
Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.