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How to Tell Why Your Child is Struggling

4. Focus/Attention Processing Dysfunction Characteristics

A child may be struggling with a focus issue and a sensory integration issue if they possess characteristics of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADD refers to a child who is not acting out or moving around, and can even look attentive during a task, but is generally absorbed in his own thoughts and daydreams to the point that he gets little done in the amount of time allotted.

A child who is thought to be ADHD is generally hyperactive. This child has a motor that is always running that he seems incapable of controlling. He does everything in a hurry, and some part of his body always appears to be moving, which keeps him quite distracted.

ADD Checklist:

  • Distractibility.
  • No persistence with a task.
  • Inconsistency in performance from one day to another.
  • Excessive daydreaming during a school related task.
  • Needs to have mom next to him or her in order to finish work.
  • Forgetfulness (of previously learned material, daily plans, etc.).

ADHD Checklist:

  • Excess motor activity (something is always moving).
  • Impulsiveness (acts without thinking much of the time).
  • Insatiability (never satisfied with an activity).
  • Poor response to discipline.
  • Moodiness.
  • Sleep disturbances (very restless sleeper).

Bio of Dianne Craft
Dianne Craft   Dianne Craft has over 35 years experience teaching bright, inquisitive children who are struggling with learning disabilities. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota in 1966 and a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990. Dianne lives in Centennial, Colorado with her CPA husband, Ron, and runs the private consultation practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc.
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