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ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurobehavioral disorder that is commonly diagnosed during childhood. Parents may notice the first signs of this disorder around the age of 6 years when a child begins to attend elementary school. A child may experience one or even several signs of ADHD depending on the severity of the disorder. According to Dr. David Rabiner from Duke University, a child must exhibit signs of ADHD for at least 6 months before a diagnosis can be made.

Not Able to Pay Attention

A child with ADHD may have problems paying attention to their teacher, parent or other authoritative figures. It is not that they do not want to pay attention; it is that they are unable to focus due to the disorder.


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A 6-year-old that has ADHD may often daydream. To an outside party, they may appear to be “deep in thought”.

Does Not Listen

Many parents report that their 6-year-old child does not listen. The parent could give simple commands such as “Pick up your toys” and the child does not obey.

Easily Distracted From Schoolwork

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Teachers often consider a decline in schoolwork with a 6-year-old a warning sign of ADHD. The lack of focus that is required by the student in order to complete even a simple task such as coloring can indicate the underlying disorder of ADHD. It is important that the parents and teacher work together to overcome this difficulty regardless if ADHD is diagnosed or not.

Squirms or Fidgets

Settling down for even a few minutes is quite a task for a child with ADHD. When a child constantly moves and is unable to sit for dinner or even a short television cartoon, it may be sign of ADHD.

Talks Too Much

Although children love to talk, the constant chatter of a 6-year-old may indicate ADHD. According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, a child with ADHD may use talking to help keep their mind busy.

Forgets Things

Because a child with ADHD cannot focus on reality well, they will often forget things. According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, simple commands or tasks can be difficult for a child. Constant reminders in a gentle tone and positive encouragement can help a child complete tasks efficiently.