Attention Deficit Disorder- ADD

Def’n- A syndrome, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a short attention span, persistent pattern of movement or fidgeting, poor organizational skills interfering with academic, occupational, and social performance.


Characteristics of ADD

  • fails to give close attention to details, makes careless mistakes in schoolwork
  • is easily distracted, has difficulty paying attention in tasks, especially on tasks that are long and tedious
  • does not seem to listen when spoken to directly, a daydreamer
  • struggles to follow through on instructions and to finish schoolwork or chores
  • has difficulty with organization, messy desk or locker
  • often loses things
  • is frequently forgetful
  • needs to move, will squirm, tap fingers or toes, typically small movements, not disruptive


Possible Retained Primitive Reflexes 

It is often observed that individuals with ADD will often have the following Primitive Reflexes still active.

  • Moro Reflex
  • Spinal Galant Reflex
  • Automatic Gait Reflex
  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

(Learn more about all of the reflexes under the Primitive Reflexes tab)


Brain Hemisphere Imbalance

ADD is often characteristic of a right brain deficiency.

(Learn more about the brain hemispheres under the Brain Balancing tab)