Attention deficit disorder has many faces in children. While the hyperactive, rebellious boys are easy to spot, there are also some other types of children who have ADD and are not diagnosed due to their less noticeable behavior. Girls often fall into this category.
Some girls are referred to as the “tomboy” type. They prefer more physical activity and often have some of the main features of ADD without the defiant behavior of their male colleagues. For this reason, parents and teachers usually assume that the child is not academically determined and unorganized, but never consider ADD as a possibility.
Another often undiagnosed group of ADS children are the “talkative” girls. This type is a combination of inattentiveness and hyperactivity and is typically portrayed as extremely social. These girls are hyper-talkative rather than hyperactive and find it very difficult to remain silent even when they are disciplined to speak. They also tend to jump around a lot when telling stories and organizing their thoughts.
“Daydreamers” are another category that is often overlooked as ADS. These girls are usually very calm and do not draw attention to themselves. However, their extreme inattentiveness is a standard feature of ADS. They can show depression and fear of school projects, but are unable to do their jobs to get things done. This is probably one of the most difficult children to diagnose, as teachers and parents usually don’t perceive the behavior as a problem and assume that the child is just lazy.
Interestingly, there are also many “gifted” girls with ADD. A high IQ can make it easier to deal with inattentiveness and impulsiveness, but when a child grows older, deficiencies often occur. It must be remembered that ADS is not a learning disability and that schoolchildren do not naturally perform poorly. They may be able to mask their disorder into middle or high school, where it becomes apparent when work becomes more difficult and tasks become more urgent.
Attention deficit disorder can cause many problems if it is not diagnosed. It is often believed that children are lazy, unintelligent and disorganized when they actually suffer from this disorder. They will often grow up with poor self-esteem and think that they are giving up or, worse, think that they are stupid because of the problems they are having. It is important to consider these features and treat them appropriately to avoid long-term consequences of the disorder.
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