Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder vs. Sensory Processing Disorder

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Symptoms

Only a professional can diagnose ADHD and SPD, but here are some symptoms to look out for.

ADHD

  • doesn't pay attention to details
  • doesn't complete tasks
  • zones out when someone is speaking to them, or is easily distracted
  • avoids tasks that involve a lot of concentration
  • unable to follow rules or details of activities
  • tends to be forgetful
  • appears fidgety or squirmy when seated
  • can't stay seated (gets up frequently)
  • displays restlessness
  • excessively runs or climbs when it's inappropriate to do so
  • impulsive in behavior and responses

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SPD

  • oversensitive to people, noises, smells, or touch
  • poor balance
  • appears clumsy or uncoordinated
  • displays restlessness, or aggressiveness
  • unable to focus
  • easily distracted, sometimes by background noises that others do not hear
  • trouble completing tasks
  • touches people or textures when it’s inappropriate to do so
  • trouble making friends
  • bothered by or uncomfortable in clothing (e.g. becomes distressed by seams in socks, refuses to wear them)
  • fears unexpected touch
  • trouble dressing, eating, or sleeping
  • poor self-esteem

Keep in mind that these are not comprehensive lists. For an ADHD diagnosis, the child must have at least six symptoms, and they must be present for at least six months. For a SPD diagnosis, the child will go through a basic screening to evaluate any variances in the child’s development that would justify a more comprehensive screening. 

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder vs. Sensory Processing Disorder

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3 comments

  1. Krystal says:

    read an article about alternative therapy for adhd. An hr a day in a natural setting appears to have the same benefits as medications, without the sideeffects. Walks in the park, woods, or the like. Works for my husband & his god-brother

  2. LIZ says:

    this is one things that scares me because i dont want to give my kid so many medications

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