ADHD predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I) is one of the three subtypes of Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While ADHD-PI is sometimes still called "attention deficit disorder" (ADD) by the general public, these older terms were formally changed in 1994 in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV).
Difficulties the children may experience:
Inattention in activity
difficult to remain in one task or to remain still to complete a task
Low self esteem
Difficulties in maintaining relationships
Difficulty in organising tasks and activities
Low effort in difficult tasks
Cannot control their emotions
Aims of Therapy:
Improve self esteem and confidence
Increase ability to concentrate and remain within a task
Obtain greater understanding of body positioning within environment and self
Improve fine and gross skills, ability to order tasks
Calm the child.
At Hemispheres we believe that attention difficulties are related to immaturity in the function and interaction of specific areas of the brain. Provide specific and specialised movements which have been purposefully developed to mature and improve the connectivity and functioning of the whole brain, including the Cerebellum, Brain Stem, Motor and Pre Frontal Cortex it is possible to improve how the brain and the body talk to each other so children can experience more control and feelings of calmness. Equally the children improve in their abilities to know what they are being asked to do and experience more focus when learning. By learning to manage their bodies, children can learn to control their behaviour and reactions.
On average, children with ADHD stay on the programme for between 6-8 months. In addition to the movement therapy children with ADD often use other treatments such as The Listening Programme and Handwriting support.