Girls with ADHD need early intervention as much as boys, so it is important for parents and professionals to recognize the signs of ADHD in girls.

Look for the following signs and symptoms in the classroom:

  • Not being able to answer questions despite looking attentive
  • Avoiding class participation
  • Difficulty with following directions
  • Asking teachers or other students to repeat directions frequently
  • “Acting like a student”—that is, sitting quietly and appearing to work, but when checked on, has little work done
  • Having messy desks and lockers
  • Forgetting to turn in homework
  • Forgetting necessary supplies for class
  • Working slowly

Girls with ADHD are at a higher risk of developing anxiety and/or depression, as compared to typical peers. Parents and teachers need to be aware of these girls so that they can benefit from early intervention and an understanding of themselves as learners.

Beyond the classroom, girls with ADHD might present with these challenges:

  • Social difficulties
  • Hyper talkative
  • Difficulty compromising
  • Miss parts of conversations
  • Low self esteem

If you are a teacher, counselor or school psychologist, you might benefit from attending the Professional Development Program on March 19, 2018, “Hidden Obstacles to Student Success: ADHD in Girls and Slow Processing Speed.” For more information go to www.Springer-LD.org.

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann at mmulcahey@springer-ld.org.


  • Alt
    Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:13am reply


    Is this a talk that parents of ADHD girls can attend?

    Julie Fiktus

  • Alt
    Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:14am reply

    Parents, no matter their profession, are always welcome to sign up for professional development programs.  Check on line to see if space is still available.

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