Inattentive Attention Deficit Disorder

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

While inattentive ADD is often called a behavioral disorder, it is better described as a symptom of a 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 cognitive delays.

There are two types of ADHD: Inattentive and Hyperactive. ADD is ADHD-PI, ADHD: Predominately Inattentive, meaning the hyper-active elements of ADHD are less relevant, 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. Here’s how:

  • Slow processing makes listening in class exhausting — many children just tune out.
  • Language processing disorder impacts phonological awareness, causing labored reading, which is exhausting and distracts from comprehension. This impacts reading stamina.
  • Homework requires good listening in class, good note-taking and good reading skills. Difficulties here lead to a lack of homework engagement that is called inattentive ADD.

Processing inefficiency comes up in many academic and social situations, where the world is coming at a child too fast — 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 the challenging environment of school. ADHD-PI includes some or all of the following symptoms:

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

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

Inattentive ADD Treatment Options

Inattentive ADD can be treated. Our brain-based program strengthens processing to greatly reduce inattentive ADD symptoms. Many of students go off ADD medicines after our program.
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