When most people think of ADHD, hyperactivity is often what people think of. There are actually 3 subtypes of ADHD including hyperactivity, inattentiveness and a combination of both hyperactivity and inattentiveness.
There has been little research done on the inattentive type, however this is slowly changing. there are many reasons why the inattentive type is overlooked and why it is important to discuss it. Studies show that females are more likely to have the inattentive type of ADHD. This type of ADHD is often ignored or overlooked due to its comorbidities. Females are more likely to have learning disorders such as dyscalculia (math learning difficulties) and dysgraphia (writing disorders), as well as anxiety, depression and speech and language issues.
Other challenges faced by children and adults with inattentive ADHD includes issues in executive functioning including difficulty in sequencing, staying on a task, prioritizing, and productivity.
According to DSM-V, a person must meet six of the nine symptoms listed below:
fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
has difficulty sustaining attention in work or play
does not listen when spoken to directly.
fails to finish school work, chores or work duties
has difficulties organizing activities
avoids task requiring sustained mental effort
is easily distracted
Strategies in working with students with Inattentive ADHD:
Allow enough time to complete work. students with Inattentive type take a longer in completing assignments and processing information
Be specific and provide structure. Explain your expectations and ensure instructions are clear.
Published by: Irish Mirror
Written by; Marguerite Kiely
The Covid-19 crisis has brought uncertainty into all our lives, with our day-to-day routine severely disrupted.
The autistic community, however, is particularly vulnerable to the huge change, as the loss of structure from their lives can be a source of enormous anxiety and distress.Adam Harris, founder and CEO of AsIAm, has revealed the issues autistic people face at this difficult time and what their parents can do to help.
He explained: “What we have seen over the last few weeks is the complete removal of routine. That’s a real challenge and there is a need to create a new structure as a result.
“For many autistic people going places may be a very important part of their routine. Maybe they go to a certain cafe on a particular day of the week or like to walk in the park every evening.
“All of those opportunities are being removed and it doesn’t just cause upset, it removes the certainty and predictability for the person.” Click here to read the rest of the story.
An 18-year-old software developer has created an iOS app to help those on the autistic spectrum in their day-to-day lives.
Ethan Shallcross, who has a form of autism and lives in the English town of Torquay, developed Aumi to enable people to manage their anxiety, monitor their mental health and reduce burnout.
“The app has been built with people on the autism spectrum in mind, and his has influenced the design and functionality of the entire app,” he says. “However, it is not just for people on the autism spectrum. People who have high anxiety, are frequently burnt out, or struggle with their mental health may also find it useful.” Click here to read the rest of the story.
Published By: Sheffield Hallen University
Written By: Dr. Luke Beardon
Some employers assume that because a person is autistic they will also have some kind of learning disability. This is absolutely not true for the majority. Autistic adults display a range of intellectual abilities – as do the predominant neurotype (PNT) (non-autistic) population – from low IQ to members of Mensa.
Here are five more misconceptions about autistic people in the workplace – and why they’re not true. Click here to read the rest of the story