The ADD Toddler

ADD in Toddlers | The Being Well Center | Dr. Craig LidenWhat specific behaviors indicate that an individual might have ADD?

Efficient attention is required for success in all areas of life. As an ever-present filter between the individual’s external and internal worlds, it screens all incoming and outgoing information to and from the brain. In this way, attention has a profound influence on how an individual experiences events and behaves in all life spheres: school, job, home, and neighborhood. It interacts with other skills and abilities to shape the quality of social interactions, school/job performance, and independent functioning. Therefore, behaviors that suggest attentional difficulty can appear in any area of a person’s life. The following behaviors identify some of the more common red flags that might signal ADD in toddlers.

Toddler (One to Three Years)

  • Excessively moving about, seemingly without a focus
  • Being accident prone–recurrently being in accidents resulting in broken bones or severe cuts
  • Ingesting household items (e.g., cleaning materials, medications, etc).
  • Repeatedly getting into things–often spilling, dropping, or breaking them
  • Failing to respond to “No!”
  • Difficulty settling down for bed
  • Problems getting to or staying asleep

Check back tomorrow for red flags in Preschooler behavior…

Catch up on previous posts in the Pay Attention series.

Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.


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medical director of the being well center, ADHD expert, speaker, and author

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