Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder as an SpLD
AD(H)D is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterised by features of both a mental health condition and a specific learning difficulty.
As noted in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), AD(H)D is characterized by:
- a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with normal functioning or development
- is present in multiple settings (e.g. home, school, work)
- symptoms interfere with or reduce the quality of social, academic or occupational functioning.