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Problems with regulating attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity are hallmarks of AD/HD(commonly known as Attention deficit disorder). There are subtypes depending on the combinations of the above symptoms: AD/HD Combined Type (inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity), AD/HD Inattentive Type, AD/HD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive type. Some individuals manifest symptoms of anxiety, other show depression, while still others show obsessive tendencies. When looking at these patterns there are possibly 6 subtypes of AD/HD. There are stigmatizing effects to the diagnosis due to the negative messages that individuals receive abut AD/HD. However, by assessing an individual traditionally as per  Blue Cross Clinical Practice Recommendations as well as holistically, with  the assessment of learning style, personality, and temperament, as well as a multiple intelligence perspective and family systems approach, we discover how to empower the individual. We learn to enhance and maximize strengths as well as manage the environment for stressors that aggravate weaknesses. We can intervene with the development of an individualized program focused on strategies that increase effectiveness.

For traditional medical protocols on diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD please See Blue Cross Clinical Practice Recommendations

Indicators of Hyperactivity

bulletunfocused  or non-goal directed behavior
bulletinconsistent behaviors
bulletunlimited energy
bulletdifficulty restraining presence to a limited area
bulletboundary difficulties
bulletinvoluntary Motor Movements (Tics)
bulletdifficulty sitting still in unfocused moments
bulletexcessive fidgeting

Indicators of Impulsivity

bulletdifficulty in delaying and controlling behaviors
bulletacting before thinking
bulletdifficulty inhibiting responses
bulletdifficulty with social interactions
bulletcareless mistakes
bulletresponding with the wrong timing

Indicators of attention difficulties

bulletfailing to give close attention to details
bulletdifficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
bulletdoes not seem to listen when spoken to directly
bulletdoes not follow through on instructions or tasks
bulletdifficulty organizing tasks
bulleteasily distracted

Important Links for Learning Differences, Learning Disabilities, and AD/HD

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