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Parents of ADHD Toddlers, Preschoolers

Three year old shows signs of adhd

My daughter is 3 and has shown major signs of ADHD. She is crazy busy wont sit down for anything. She will not follow basic directions with out major back lash. She has angery out burst and I have tried everything to discipline her and nothing works. I have mentioned to our dr that I have concerns and was told that its just her age. I have been around 3 year olds and my child isnt able to enjoy every day things it seems. I am wondering if I should push for testing or ride it out longer?


I’d ride it out. You can also try looking at her diet as well as her overall activity level. Fwiw my son was a hurricane at 3 and he’s fine now at age 10 (and he’s never been medicated). Don’t jump the gun… some kids are more difficult than others, and it isn’t necessarily pathology. Not all kids are the same… it doesn’t mean they have some kind of condition.

Posted by OopsForgotAgain on Jun 16, 2014 at 6:15am

Can you ask your pediatrician for the name of a behaviorist? I know that all three year olds can be wild but my son started having difficulties around 2.5 yrs old. When behavioral consults with pediatrician didnt help much we saw a behaviorist (sharon weiss)...while working with her she referred us to an occupational therapist. My son is still a handful but with all the help we have received, i feel like we have a happy home. I couldnt say before that we had that and i knew he wasnt happy either. If your gut says to look into it, then do it! It certainly wont hurt!

Posted by Llgeraghty on Jun 16, 2014 at 6:33am

One of the books I read for my son (it was one of the 1-2-3 Magic books) suggested that if you’ve been worried about the same issue for longer than 6 months, you should seek an evaluation. Even if there’s no diagnosis, a good clinician should be able to give you tips to ride out a tricky stage (if that’s all it is, some of them should work, too).

If you go, do ask what the evaluation will consist of. My first round, the psychologist watched my sweetie during child-directed activities with new and interesting toys. She gave him 1 easy direction (to come sit on the couch)and didn’t tell him no or correct him once (even when he ran in front of her to get me for a potty break or wanted to take waiting room toys back to the office area). He got a great report, and I got to start over from scratch.

But even she had 1 good suggestion that worked for us….

Good luck!

Posted by RebFrisch on Nov 23, 2014 at 1:46am

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