Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) describes a persistent pattern of inattention more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals of a comparable level of development. Diagnosis of ADD should only be given by a medical practitioner or psychologist.

Features of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) include:

  • Deficits in attention to detail – particularly in schoolwork
  • Careless, messy work that is inadequately thought through
  • Impersistence – failure to complete tasks and shift from one uncompleted task to another
  • Daydreaming – does not appear to listen or follow conversations or instructions
  • Organisational problems
  • Lack of forward planning
  • Avoidance of tasks that require sustained attention or self application
  • Stimulus bound – distracted by irrelevant stimuli within the environment
  • Unable to stay on a task
  • Difficulty following conversations, frequently interrupts and/or changes the subject midstream

Several of these features must coexist for a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

NDD Screening Questionnaire

NDD is not the primary cause in all children given these diagnoses. However, it can be an underlying factor in many.

If your child has been diagnosed, or is showing other symptoms of NDD, please complete a free NDD Child Screening Test. Alternatively, for adults, if you think neuromotor immaturity (NMI) may be a factor in your problems, please contact INPP to request a full adult information pack.