ADHD & Behavioural Difficulties

Challenging behaviour is common in children and adults with Dravet Syndrome. 

Research suggests that up to two-thirds of children with Dravet Syndrome have inattention/hyperactivity symptoms and one-third have conduct or behavioural difficulties. In the video below, Dr Andreas Brunklaus discusses some of the different types of challenging behaviour that families might encounter with Dravet Syndrome and offers some practical advice on how to address these.

Brunklaus on ADHD and Behavioural Difficulties


Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is common, affecting up to 10% of all school-age children, particularly boys. It normally emerges before seven years of age. 

Children with ADHD act without thinking; they are hyperactive, impulsive and have trouble focusing. They may understand what is expected of them but struggle to complete a task because they cannot sit still, pay attention, or focus to details.  All children act like this sometimes, but with ADHD these symptoms are present more often. They impair a child’s ability to function socially, academically and at home. 

The positive news is that with good treatment, children with ADHD can manage their symptoms. 

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