Sluggish-Cognitive-TempoWhat is Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT)?

This is a sub-group which falls under Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) predominantly inattentive, and is not recognized in any standard medical manuals such as the DSM-IV. Oftentimes, those with Sluggish Cognitive Tempo have opposite symptoms of those with classic ADHD; as those with SCT are lacking motivation and energy, underaroused, drowsy, drifting and daydreamy rather than hyperactive and risk takers.

What causes SCT?

Both SCT and ADHD tend to be genetic in nature.

What is the prognosis for Sluggish Cognitive Tempo?

ADHD is a developmental disorder in which certain traits will develop at a slower rate than the average person. Those with SCT symptoms are noted to have increased difficulty with academic tasks (e.g. calculation, reading, abstract reasoning) and less social difficulties than those diagnosed with ADHD (hyperactive/impulsive). Similarly, someone with SCT has a more disorganized thought process, a greater likelihood for sloppiness, and tends to lose things more easily.

How can I help treat my child’s condition?

Treatment for sluggish cognitive tempo is dependent upon the areas in which a child is experiencing difficulties. For example, an occupational therapist would work with a child experiencing difficulties with executive functioning; and a behavior analyst would work with a child displaying problem behaviors. Other professionals who may be involved in treating a child with sluggish cognitive tempo include a neuropsychologist and/or licensed professional counselor.

Our Approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, our therapists work with children with sluggish cognitive tempo and/or ADHD using a multisensory approach to provide the child with experiences which help improve their executive functioning, attention, problem behaviors, and any other difficulties that are hindering his ability to fully succeed socially, academically and personally.

Client Reviews (2)

My husband and I were so impressed with our experience at your clinic. From my first phone call to NSPT, to the parent meetings with Dr. Stasi, to my son’s evaluation day and the follow-up feedback meeting, we felt supported and “heard” by everyone. We had anxieties about having our 4 year old evaluated – it was such uncharted territory for us – but we couldn’t be happier with the experience and with the results. We now feel like we have a more comprehensive understanding of our son’s strengths and weaknesses. We feel like we know better as parents how to help him reach his full potential. We also are happy that we can pass along Dr. Stasi’s narrative to our son’s teachers and therapists so that they can have a better understanding of his specific needs. Everyone at NSPT held our hands throughout the process, kept us in the loop, and returned calls/emails in a timely manner. Thank you for a great experience!

Anne J

Our son Ian received two evaluations by Dr. Greg Stasi & we were very impressed with the thoroughness of the evaluations & the time Dr. Stasi took to explain the results. It was extremely beneficial in determining what treatment Ian would receive both at NSPT & in school.

Stephanie Long

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