Inattentive Attention Deficit Disorder

Causes, Symptoms & Treatment for Inattentive ADD & ADHD-PI

While inattentive ADD is considered to be a behavioral disorder, in most cases it is the symptom of a processing or cognitive delay.

This is an important distinction. Inattentive ADD as a “condition” is typically medicated, while inattentive ADD as a symptom opens the window to a permanent solution by tackling the underlying source of the symptom, the cognitive delays.

ADHD can be inattentive and hyperactive.  Inattentive ADD is ADHD-PI (Predominately Inattentive) — hyperactivity is less prevalent but not excluded from that individual.

Causes of Inattentive ADD

inattentive add in kidsWhile ADHD-PH (Predominantly Hyperactive) is caused by complex sensory integration and brain chemistry issues, ADHD-PI is almost always caused by language processing delays that create learning inefficiencies and inattentiveness:

  • Slow processing makes listening in class exhausting — many children just tune out.
  • Language processing disorder impacts phonological awareness, causing labored reading, which is exhausting making it hard for the reader to stay engaged.
  • Missing instructions in class and reading difficulties lead to weak homework skills and often an inattentive ADD diagnosis.

Processing inefficiency can plague your child all day long, in class and in social situations. When the world is coming at you too quickly, the easiest thing to do, the best form of self-defense, is to tune it out.

Symptoms of Inattentive ADD

Inattention may not become apparent until a child enters school and listening skills are more challenged. ADHD-PI includes some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli
  • Inability to focus or sustain attention on tasks or activities
  • Procrastination
  • Producing work that is often messy and careless
  • Disorganized work habits

Here is a more detailed list of ADD symptoms sorted by age.

Inattentive ADD Treatment Options

Inattentive ADD can be treated because the cognitive skill gaps that cause ADD can be improved with exercise. The brain is like a muscle, it can be rewired. Our brain-based program exercises and strengthens processing in every case, almost always leading to a significant reduction in inattentive ADD symptoms. Many of our students are able to go off ADD medicines after our ADD program.