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ADHD Checklist | Symptom Checker for Parents

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Did you know that a whopping 5 to 10% of children worldwide are affected by ADHD? As a caregiver or parent of a neurodivergent child, it’s essential to stay two steps ahead. That’s where our game-changing ADHD Checklist enters the picture! Specifically designed for parents and caregivers like you, this handy tool will help identify and manage ADHD symptoms in your child. Therefore making daily life, and the journey with Goally smoother than ever before.

1. The Inattention Indicator

Keep an eye out for signs of forgetfulness, struggles with maintaining focus on tasks or conversations, and disorganization during your child’s daily activities. These patterns can provide valuable insights into their attention challenges. By identifying and addressing these issues, Goally can be even more effective in supporting your child’s journey towards improved focus and productivity.

2. Hyperactive Habits

If your little one has more energy than the Energizer Bunny itself while navigating their Goally tablet, keep an eye out for hyperactivity tendencies. Some of these tendencies are constant fidgeting, inability to sit still for extended periods, or excessive talking during conversations. These could all indicate hyperactivity!

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Read more: How to Make a Morning Routine Checklist for Kids

3. Impulsivity Insights

Impulsive behavior, for example, can appear in myriad forms and it’s crucial not to let them slip through the cracks.

Does your child often seem restless, finding it hard to wait their turn at play, or maybe interrupts conversations without a second thought? Or perhaps, they have a knack for making spontaneous decisions that, more often than not, lead to sticky situations? All of these can be signals of impulsive behavior, a common sign of ADHD. Remember, catching these symptoms early can be a game-changer for managing ADHD.

Impulsive BehaviorDescription
Frequent ImpatienceDifficulty waiting their turn
Acting without considering consequencesInterrupting someone mid-sentence
Spontaneous Decision-makingLeads to trouble

4. Social Skills Struggles

Children with ADHD may find social interactions challenging due to their impulsiveness or lack of focus. Watch out for difficulties in forming friendships, maintaining relationships with peers, or adapting to social norms—this might suggest that your child could use a helping hand alongside their Goally tablet to develop healthy social skills.

5. Emotional Regulation Roadblocks

Managing emotions effectively can be a hurdle for many neurodivergent children who have ADHD; sudden mood swings are common, along with intense reactions under stress or frustration, which might seem disproportionate given the situation at hand.

Goally tablet showing Mood Tuner, the emotional regulation app for kids to help them manage big emotions.

6. Organization Obstacles

ADHD children often encounter obstacles when it comes to organization. These challenges can impact their academic performance and daily functioning. However, with understanding and the right strategies, parents can help ADHD children develop effective organizational skills and create a supportive environment for their success.

Here are some obstacles they may struggle with:

  • Getting ready for school
  • Packing bags
  • Doing homework
  • Keeping track of personal belongings

7 . Parent-Teacher Communication Connection

Keeping open lines between parents/caregivers and teachers can provide valuable context about your child’s behavior in different settings. Which is crucial while implementing Goally as part of their support system. Include this step on our list to ensure everyone is working together as a team for the benefit of your neurodiverse kid!

Goally | Routines that Actually Work

Goally’s skill building tablet for kids has routines that break down large tasks into small, achievable steps. It helps kids complete their tasks independently! 

A notification from the Goally Parent App on the best tablet for kids indicating the start of a potty routine, demonstrating parental control features.


Create custom routines with your own videos & pictures for every step. The steps come in small, bite-sized pieces to help your child learn the little fundamentals (like putting the toothpaste on their toothbrush!) to achieve bigger goals. And that’s just the beginning. See it in action:

And there you have it—a comprehensive ADHD Checklist designed to recognize and better understand various symptoms among neurodivergent kids. Early identification is key, and armed with these insights, you’ll be well-equipped to support your child’s growth alongside tools like Goally. With patience, understanding, and collaboration between caregivers/teachers/professionals at heart—you can create an environment where every kid thrives despite any challenges ADHD may present! Together we learn—because each child deserves an opportunity to unlock their full potential!

FAQs About Our ADHD Symptom Checklist

How can visual schedules help children with ADHD?
Visual schedules provide a visual representation of tasks and routines, helping children with ADHD better understand and follow instructions, manage their time, and reduce anxiety.
What are common signs of ADHD in children?
Common signs of ADHD in children include difficulty staying focused, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and challenges with organization and time management.
How can rewards and incentives help motivate children with ADHD?
Using rewards and incentives can be an effective strategy to motivate children with ADHD. By offering tangible rewards for completing tasks or exhibiting desired behaviors, it helps reinforce positive habits and encourages continued effort.
Can a structured routine benefit children with ADHD?
Absolutely! A structured routine provides predictability and reduces the chances of distractions or forgotten tasks, helping children with ADHD stay organized, focused, and better manage their time.
How can visual schedules help children with ADHD?
Visual schedules provide a visual representation of tasks and routines, helping children with ADHD better understand and follow instructions, manage their time, and reduce anxiety.

This post was originally published on 04/10/2023. It was updated on 10/30/2023.

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