Obviously, the developmental tasks facing a child in the first grade through early adolescence differ considerably from those met during infancy. The telltale symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity and inattention, are also far more pronounced. As a result, this is the period during which most ADHD children are first brought to their doctors for testing and a diagnosis is made.One of the most important developments in a child this age is a move outside the family into a school setting where there are many more requirements. Some families have been extremely flexible up to this point and haven’t really challenged the ADHD child’s disruptive behavior; the child’s impulsivity and hyperactivity have been absorbed into the family setting, and the child may not seem different. Other times, a child is viewed as being “just like his father” because of his rambunctious behavior and thus considered typical (in cases like this, the father may have undiagnosed ADHD, too). But once in the school setting, with its requirements for standardized behavior, the child’s difficulties come under sharper scrutiny.This can happen right at the beginning or further along in the child’s education; it all depends on the school environment, the teachers, and the severity of the child’s condition. If a school has a laid-back, unstructured setting with relaxed teachers and small groups of children, the child’s behavior may not seem unacceptable. And if the child is bright enough, he may develop sufficient academic skills to hide his condition for years.It’s imperative that a child at this age learn to deal with the classroom situation. This may mean controlling his activity level, focusing his attention on the tasks required of him, listening to the teacher, being able to wait and delay action, making appropriate responses to a stimulus, and tuning out stimuli so that he can focus on the task at hand. It also means learning tasks that require attention, sitting still, and a certain level of cognitive skill. At this age we may begin to see that the child hasn’t developed balanced judgment and this may be a problem.*20\173\2*

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