Hyperactive Behavior

Hyperactivity is a state of excess activity that may be manifested by symptoms such as

  • Fidgeting
  • Jumpiness
  • Nervousness
  • Excessive movement

It is often accompanied by difficulty concentrating or focusing on a task, excessive talking, or difficulty remaining quiet in school. However, it is important to distinguish true hyperactivity from the active and impulsive behaviors exhibited by normal children.

1. ADHD

This brain-based condition often causes kids to move and talk nonstop. It’s actually the result of the brain’s “wiring” system working a little slower than is typical. Think of the game Red Light, Green Light. With ADHD the brain takes a bit longer to get started and “go.” But it also has trouble putting on the brakes to “stop.”

Being hyperactive doesn’t just mean zooming around the room. Kids may fidget or have extra movements even when doing little things like tying their shoes, writing or playing an instrument.

2. Hyperactivity-Impulsivity

People with symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity may often:

  • Fidget and squirm in their seats
  • Leave their seats in situations when staying seated is expected, such as in the classroom or in the office
  • Run or dash around or climb in situations where it is inappropriate or, in teens and adults, often feel restless
  • Be unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly
  • Be constantly in motion or “on the go,” or act as if “driven by a motor”
3. Talk Nonstop

Blurt out an answer before a question has been completed, finish other people’s sentences, or speak without waiting for a turn in conversation

Have trouble waiting his or her turn

Interrupt or intrude on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities.

4. Excessive Action

Kids who are hyperactive may fidget, squirm, run or climb constantly. The child may appear to be in motion at all times and refuse to sit still. It’s important that parents not expect a kid to have a lengthy attention span for activities such as watching videos or television, or for reading books. This is not a sign of hyperactivity at this young age. It’s also important for parents to understand that some children are more active than others and may seem to have endless energy. This is not a definite sign of hyperactivity. Family Education says hyperactive children may even be busy in their sleep.

5. Over Communication

Repetitiveness, interrupting and excessive talking are three signs of hyperactive behavior in kids. When they reach school age, they may blurt answers before being called on. It’s common for hyperactive children to struggle to wait their turn. Family Education suggests toddlers may have trouble playing quietly.

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