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What is an attention deficit? And what about hyperactivity?

By Neus Ferrando Gilabert.
Last Update: 04/24/2010

Attention is an ability we acquire throughout our development. The attention deficit is a biological condition consisting on the lack of regulatory power on the attention levels.

There are two types:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with low levels of sustained attention, making the children distracted by any stimulus, no matter how weak the stimulus is, so they cannot quietly do the task assigned.

  • Attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity (inattentive), lower levels of attentional quality, the children cannot distinguish primary stimulus from secondary stimulus.
  • Indicators cannot be identified until age 3, and a reliable diagnosis cannot be pronounced until 5 years of age. Either case, there are activities that stimulate attention from the very moment of birth.

Indicators cannot be identified until age 3, and a reliable diagnosis cannot be pronounced until 5 years of age. Either case, there are activities that stimulate attention from the very moment of birth.

Suggested for you: Early Childhood Care & Education (ECE).

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain).
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain).
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