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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
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 Extremes of Temperament mistaken for ADHD

High Sensory Screeners
Individuals with ADHD often fail to notice or listen because they are unable to screen out extraneous stimuli and important signals (such as the teacher's voice) get lost in the chaos.

At the other extreme, the High Screening Temperament will often screen out all sights and sounds - and thus look like ADHD. Getting their attention before speaking goes a long way to solving this false ADHD.


High Need for Physical Activity
Some people just need to be more physically active than others. When someone with a high need for activity is required to sit quietly for hours, the result is discomfort, inattention and squirming.
Activity breaks go a long way towards solving this false ADHD.

Very Low Intensity of Emotional Expression

Parents press the child to work on homework and the child blows up. The studious adolescent spends hours ostensibly working on homework, but accomplishing nothing. In both cases they may be under extreme stress which is hidden from parents and teachers. Sometimes simple strategies make a world of difference.

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