Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder- ADHD
Def’n- A form of Attention Deficit Disorder in which hyperactivity and compulsivity are prominent symptoms.
Characteristics of ADHD
- fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
- often leaves seat in classroom, may feel restless during activities or situations in which remaining seated is expected
- runs around or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate
- has difficulty engaging in activities quietly
- is often “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor”
- talks excessively, hyper-talkative
- tends to act without thinking, such as starting on tasks without adequate preparation (for example, before listening or reading through directions) or blurting out answers before questions have been completed
- does not do things slowly and systematically, tends to rush through activities
- has difficulty waiting their turn, is impatient
- interrupts or intrudes on others, butts into conversations or games
- makes impulsive decisions without thinking through consequences, impaired ability to stop, think, inhibit, plan and then act
Possible Retained Primitive Reflexes
It is often observed that individuals with ADHD will often have the following Primitive Reflexes still active.
- Moro Reflex
- Spinal Galant Reflex
- Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
- Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
(Learn more about all of the reflexes under the Primitive Reflexes tab)
Brain Hemisphere Imbalance
ADHD is often characteristic of a right brain deficiency.
(Learn more about the brain hemispheres under the Brain Balancing tab)