Daydreaming in ADHD Children

A child with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has difficulty concentrating. Because of this, he is more prone to inattention, boredom and daydreaming. Excessive daydreaming is often one of the first things that is noticed in a child with ADHD. While this can be annoying for the teacher or caretaker, some believe that daydreaming leads to ideas and solutions. Children with ADHD have often been hailed as creative or artistic.


Daydreaming is just one sign that a child may have ADHD. Some other symptoms are impulsiveness, disorganization, moodiness and hyperactivity.

Positive Aspects of Daydreaming

Daydreaming allows the child to enter a fantasy world and use her imagination. It lets the child explore her creativity (see Resources).

Negative Aspects of Daydreaming

Daydreaming can interfere with the child’s ability to accomplish other tasks. It can also be a social barrier for the child if she daydreams excessively.


Many children are medicated to treat their ADHD symptoms. Some experience diminished symptoms, but still daydream often.


Whether he is on medication or not, allowing the child time to daydream can help build his confidence and give him a mental break. It is also important that the child recognizes appropriate and inappropriate times for daydreaming.

A child with ADHD