Sensory Distractibility (3B)
Students who have sensory distractibility find it difficult to filter out extraneous stimuli (e.g. flickering lights, movement in the neighboring room, outside construction, a ticking clock). Sensory distractibility may make attending to lecture, conversation, reading, etc. difficult and may impact the ability to learn, demonstrate their knowledge or understanding, or participate in activities effectively and/or efficiently. Some students may exhibit an intense form of sensory distractibility, referred to as hypervigilance. Students who exhibit hypervigilance seem tense or "on guard" and may appear to be constantly scanning their environment.
- Are you easily distracted by sounds, sights, and other things that happen around you?
- During class, do you find yourself becoming distracted by things such as clocks ticking or flickering lights?
- Is it difficult to ignore distractions to do things that you want or need to focus on?
- What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?
- Barkley, R. A. (2006). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (3rd Ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
- National Institute of Mental Health: ADHD
- Hypervigilance & Anxiety
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