Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents and Those Who Help Them

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Chapter 8
Attention difficulties

This chapter continues the theme of chapter 7 by looking at overlapping difficulties that can be related to dyslexia, this time focussing on attention difficulties and the syndromes known as ADHD and ADD. There has been considerable debate regarding the syndromes relating to attention disorders and there are a number of perspectives, particularly the medical, educational and social, which can present conflicting information that can be confusing to parents. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV; APA, 2000) provides criteria for diagnosis of ADHD (see appendix 3 for information on DSM-V). The key factors relate to inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Parents will already have realized that these factors can in some cases be noted in some of the behaviors shown by their dyslexic child. Some of the comments relating to these factors include ‘often runs about or climbs excessively’ and ‘often interrupts or intrudes on others’. You can easily recognize these activities in some children with dyslexia. It is no surprise therefore that there can be an overlap between dyslexia and attention difficulties.

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