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Subtype 1: Predominantly Inattentive/Disorganized
Miss attention to details or make careless mistakes
Difficult sustaining attention
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Difficulty in following through on instructions or finish tasks
Difficulty organizing tasks
Difficulty in motivation to initiate tasks
Often loses things required to complete teasks
Easily distracted by competing stimuli
Often forgetful in daily activities
ADHD is the most common behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorder. It is characterized under three subtypes. Subtype 1 is categorized as the Predominantly Inattentive/Disorganized type. Subtype 2 is categorized as the Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive type. Subtype 3 is indicated when an individual has the required number of executive function skill issues from both Subtype 1 and 2. This is called the Combined Type. For each subtype, individuals exhibit at least six issues of executive functioning over a minimum of two settings which impede social, academic, or occuational functioning.
ADHD affects the executive functioning skills primarily found in the prefrontal cortex of the brain; though other parts of the brain are also affected. Executive function refers to the brain-based skills required to effectively perform tasks and solve problems. I formulate individualized interventions and strategies for these executive functions, as well as assist in accountability to strengthen these skills. While I assist individuals with strategies conducive to the ADHD brain, I also work with their families to help them understand the nuances of ADHD so that they can improve their relational interaction as a family system.
Subtype 2: Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive
Often fidgety or difficulty sitting still
Often leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
Physical, mental, or emotional restlessness; overthinking
Difficulty in engaging in activities quietly
Often talks excessively
Often blurts out answers or comments
Difficulty waiting turn or being patient
Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Often "on the go" or seems to be "driven by a motor"