The ADD Preschooler

lifespan_preschoolWhat specific behaviors indicate that a preschooler 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 children ages three to six years old.

Preschooler (Three to Six Years)

  • Failing to take turns during play activities
  • Not sharing during play
  • Not being aware of dangerous situations (e.g., crossing the street)
  • Switching from one activity to another
  • Not being able to sit at the table until the family has finished
  • Not being able to maintain concentration in learning activities
  • Failing to sit still to read a story or to put together a puzzle
  • Not seeming to hear
  • Impulsively hitting, pushing, or biting others
  • Being fearless and reckless during play
  • Being asked to leave preschool/daycare
  • Struggling to control emotional reactions
  • Wandering off

If your response to this list is “Uh-oh.  Now what?”,  go to and download Dr. Liden’s free guide, ADD Basics 101. In 10 clear steps, Dr. Liden will guide you to an accurate, trustworthy diagnosis and outline what you should look for in an effective treatment plan.

Check back tomorrow for red flags in School Age children’s 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.


About cblmd

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

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