Topics Discussed: ambulatory care services; attention deficit disorder of childhood, combined type; attention deficit disorder of childhood, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, predominantly inattentive type; behavior; central nervous system stimulant; family assessment; health promotion and disease prevention; hyperkinesis; immunization schedule; immunization, childhood; impulsivity; infant or child health supervision; psychostimulant; school performance.
Excerpt:"(Pediatrics 2000;105(5):1158)6+ of the following symptoms of inattention persisting for 6 mo and are maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not because of oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (eg, schoolwork or homework)
Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (eg, toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
Is often forgetful in daily activities
Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
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