Inattention means a child often has trouble focusing, is easily distracted, or has a hard time finishing activities. An example of inattention is when a child can’t pay attention to what the teacher is saying or appears to be daydreaming.

Impulsivity means a child tends to react quickly, before thinking things through. An example of impulsivity is when a child blurts out the answer to a question before someone finishes talking.

Inattention and impulsivity are normal for young children. But by the time they’re in school, most children can pay attention for a longer time and can think and plan before they act. If your school-aged child behaves more like what you would expect from a younger child, this behavior may be a sign of a problem.

Hyperactivity means a child fidgets and moves more than other children the same age. In school, a child with hyperactivity has trouble sitting...

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