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Overexcitement

At a Glance: Signs of Overexcitement in Your Grade-Schooler

By Kate Kelly

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Kids with learning and attention issues can get overly excited, “hyper” and emotional. That’s especially true for kids with ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities, executive functioning issues or sensory processing issues. Here’s what you may be seeing.

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At a Glance: Signs of Overexcitement in Your Grade-Schooler

Sometimes kids with learning and attention issues can take energy and enthusiasm too far. Here are a few examples of what that can look like.

Overly Excited
During science class, your child waves his hand frantically, shaking his whole arm to show that he knows the answer. While the teacher is still deciding who to call on, your child yells out the answer. The other kids who waited their turn are annoyed.

Overly Optimistic
Your child can’t stop talking about his upcoming baseball game. But as he boasts that he’s sure to hit a home run, his teammates are rolling their eyes. At the last game he struck out three times.

Overly Emotional
Your family trip to the pool is o because it started to rain. Your child bursts into tears and screams, “I want to go the pool!” over and over for 10 minutes. His brother covers his ears and runs to another room.
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Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

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Laura Tagliareni, Ph.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist in New York City and a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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