Impulsivity is the biggest troublemaker in the Jackson household. Joe blurts out whatever he thinks of without checking his words. Tact is not something that he can grasp as yet. I tried very hard once to explain to him that it was impolite to shout out "Wow she's fat" when a rather large lady walked by. The next time she passed, Joe shouted to her "I bet you don't eat much food - you're not a bit fat"! When I whisked him away and explained that this too was wrong, his reply was that if it was impolite to say someone was fat then surely it was polite to say they were thin.

One of the biggest problems such impulsiveness causes in our household is the fact that Joe just 'feels like' destroying things so often. He doesn't think of the consequences. If he sees a necklace in front of him, he is likely to pick it up and pull it to bits just for the feeling of doing so. If someone's cherished artwork is lying about then Joe is likely to either shred the paper up or scribble all over it. Walls are written on, belongings are destroyed and fires are lit all because ofthe dreaded impulsiveness.

Children with AD/HD have an intrinsic inability to wait. They act on impulse without any notion of there being consequences to their actions. This has extensive implications for those caring for the child. Children with AD/HD are in danger on roads and are likely to have more accidents as a result of acting impulsively. A child without AD/HD is likely to stop and realize that if he or she climbs up a tree and onto a weak branch then he or she is likely to fall... A child with AD/HD is likely to act on impulse with dangerous consequences.

Caught in the act! Joe's face tells it all.

Caught in the act! Joe's face tells it all.

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