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Overexcitement

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

By Kate Kelly

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Over-the-top or extreme behaviors can sometimes be caused by learning and attention issues like ADHD, executive functioning issues or sensory processing issues. Recognizing behaviors like these is a good first step to helping your teen figure out how to manage them. Here’s what you might see.

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

Kids with learning and attention issues may express their enthusiasm or disappointment in more extreme ways than other kids. Here’s how to recognize the signs of overexuberance.

Overly Excited
Your child is with three other students, discussing a school project they have to complete together. He is so excited as he describes his idea that no one else can get a word in. His classmates are losing interest in his opinion but he doesn’t notice and keeps talking.

Overly Optimistic
Your son announces that he’s going to take one of the most popular girls in the school to the prom. When his friends crack up and point out that he’s never even spoken to her, he ignores them.

Overly Emotional
Your child likes to cook and is making spaghetti sauce. You take a taste and suggest he add some more oregano. He screams, “You’re always criticizing me!” and storms off.
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Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

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Reviewed by Laura Tagliareni, Ph.D. Apr 25, 2014 Apr 25, 2014

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