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Attentional Underfocus (3B)

Attentional underfocus is the tendency to lose concentration as a result of internal thoughts or external stimuli.
Students with attentional underfocus may have difficulty with concentration as their focus is interrupted by their own mental processes and/or random thoughts that cause their attention to shift from one topic or activity to another. This kind of interference can also be caused by external distractors that interfere with a student's ability to maintain concentration on a task.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Wechsler Scales (WISC), Letter-Number Sequencing Task: Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST): Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Doctor's Diagnosis of AD/HD: A diagnosis of AD/HD indicating that a student is inattentive or combined type is indicative of the presence of attentional underfocus.

Intake Questions

  • Do you struggle to stay on task or keep your mind from wandering?
  • Do others often ask you to explain how you get from one thought to another?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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