INATTENTION SYMPTOMS

 

Inattention is the lack of focus when it is needed on a given event or situation. It is a distinguishing feature of the deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Inattention in ADHD is often accompanied by symptoms such as restlessness, difficulties doing quiet activities, problems with executive function, excessive talking and fidgeting.

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SCREEN TIME IN RELATION TO INATTENTION

Exposure to fast-paced digital media may precondition young children to anticipate unnatural stimulation, resulting in shorter periods of attention because, in contrast, real life may seem boring and underwhelming.

 

HOW INATTENTION

AFFECTS YOUR CHILD

 When children spend too much time watching any form of screen content, it lowers their executive function skills, which include attentiveness. Often described as “the CEO of the brain,'' executive function skills refer to a set of mental skills (working memory, cognitive thinking, and self-control) that helps children set goals, plan and get things done.

The lack of these skills don’t mean that children aren’t smart. Children with high IQ can also struggle with executive functions. In a classroom context, these smart children may still end up distracted and fidgety, disturbing their classmates and disrupting the lessons. These could translate into poorer grades, worse school outcomes, poor time management, less stable friendships and possibly poorer jobs later in life.

BUT TAKE NOTE

Peer-comparison in the classroom tends to be the best test of attention - a child struggling with inattention can be identified when they show lower attention span as compared to peers of the same age. Rather than external stimuli such as a rowdy classroom setting, inattention symptoms can also be identified when a child’s symptoms of low attention span are consistent, present and impairing in more than one context, i.e. in school, at home and outside of the home. 

 

FYI: Inattention symptoms are more noticeable amongst children 4 and above. It would be a challenge to tell whether the attention span of children 3 and younger are delayed or not, as the attention span of children that age only lasts about a few minutes anyway.

SYMPTOMS OF

INATTENTION

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