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Overexcitement

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

By Kate Kelly

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Middle-schoolers with learning and attention issues can behave in ways that seem extreme. This is especially true of kids with ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities, executive functioning issues or sensory processing issues. Here’s what you might see.

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

Middle-schoolers with certain learning and attention issues might take positive traits like enthusiasm and optimism too far. Here’s an idea of what that can look like.

Overly Excited
Your child is in the backseat of the car with two friends when one of them tells a joke. They all start laughing, but your child continues to giggle uncontrollably long after the other two have stopped. They move away from her because she’s so loud.

Overly Optimistic
Your child has a big math test tomorrow so you suggest that she study. She tells you that she doesn’t need to because she already knows the material really well. You nd out later that she got a D on the test.

Overly Emotional
Your child sees a commercial on TV about the plight of abandoned dogs. She can’t stop worrying and crying about the animals. Her friends are sympathetic at rst but grow bored with her reaction.
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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 21, 2014 Apr 21, 2014

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