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…
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.