Differences That Might Affect Development
- Short attention span; unable to concentrate: not able to pay attention long enough to finish an activity.
- Restless or hyperactive: moves around constantly; fidgets; doesn't seem to move with a purpose in mind; picks on other children.
- Does not complete tasks; careless, unorganized approach to activities: does not finish what is started; does not seem to plan to get work done.
- Listening difficulties; does not seem to understand: has trouble following directions; turns away while others are talking; does not seem interested.
- Avoids participation with other children or only knows how to play by hurting others: stays away from other children; always plays alone; leaves a group of children when an activity is going on; bites, hits, or bullies.
- Repetitive behavior: repeats unusual movement or words over and over; cannot stop activity himself.
- Resistant to discipline or direction (impertinent, defiant, resentful, destructive, or negative): does not accept directions or training; disagreeable; hard to manage; destroys materials or toys deliberately; temper tantrums.
- Speech problems:
- rate: speech is unusually fast or slow
- articulation: difficulty making clear speech sounds.
- stuttering: difficulty with flow of speech; repeating sounds, words, or phrases; blocking words or sounds.
- voice: unusually loud, soft, high or low; scratchy or hoarse quality.
- no speech: chooses not to talk or does not know how to talk so that others can understand.
- Physical complaints: talks of being sick or hurt; seems tired or without energy.
- Echoes other's speech: repeats another person's words without intending for the words to mean anything.
- Lack of self-help skills: unable to feed self, unable to dress self, unable to conduct toilet activities unaided, or to carry out health practices such as washing hands, brushing teeth, etc.
- Temperamental, overly sensitive, sad, irritable: moody, easily depressed, unhappy, shows extreme emotions and feelings.