What 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 SCT 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 SCT?

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.