Diagnostic criteria for ADD

Children With Developmental Challenges 3(2+1)

Lesson 22 : Neuro-Biological Disability -ADD

Diagnostic criteria for ADD

The American Psychiatric Association (1980) uses the following criteria for diagnosing ADD.

Inattention (will exhibit at least 3 of the following)

  • Often fails to finish things he or she starts
  • Often seems not to listen
  • Is easily distracted
  • Has difficulty concentrating on school work or other tasks requiring sustained attention
  • Has difficulty sticking to a play activity
  • Often fails to pay close attention to details
  • Often disorganized about tasks and activities
  • Often avoids tasks that require sustained attention and mental effort
  • Often forgetful about daily activities

Impulsivity (will exhibit at least 3 of the following)

  • Often acts before thinking
  • Shifts excessively from one activity to another
  • Has difficulty organizing work
  • Needs a lot of supervision
  • Frequently calls out in class
  • Has difficulty awaiting turn in games or group situations

Hyperactivity (will exhibit at least 3 of the following)

  • Runs about or climbs on things excessively
  • Has difficulty sitting still or fidgets excessively
  • Has difficulty staying seated
  • Moves about excessively during sleepIs always “on the go “or acts if “driven by a motor”
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