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Impulsivity (3C)

Impulsivity is an inclination to act quickly without forethought.
Students with an inclination toward impulsivity may have difficulty focusing attention and persisting in tasks and may tend to make decisions on the spur of the moment without adequate planning. Impulsive students may be inclined to be the first to answer questions in class, or to respond to test questions before they have thought through the answer or even read the whole question.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Wechsler Scales (WISC), Matrix Reasoning: Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Diagnostic information referring to the use of Connors test would be an indicator of impulsivity.
  • Diagnostic information that includes a doctor's diagnosis of AD/HD indicating that a student is hyperactive or combined type would be indicators of impulsivity.

Intake Questions

  • Do you tend to make decisions without thinking them through first?
  • Do you sometimes give an answer to a question and find that your answer doesn't fit the question?
  • Do you tend to skip directions?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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