Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The 3 Types of ADHD

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Did you know that there are 3 types of ADHD? Learn all about the three types of ADHD below. Plus, grab a copy of the free printable poster!

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD in early 2018, I was surprised to learn that there were three types of ADHD.

While I had done my research on all things autism and sensory processing and felt knowledgeable about those particular diagnoses, ADHD is something that I hadn't looked into that much. So prior to my son's ADHD diagnosis, I honestly didn't know that much about ADHD.

But after doing some reading on the topic of ADHD, I quickly realized that the type that he was diagnosed with described him perfectly!

Below you will find descriptions of the three types of ADHD so that you can have a better understanding of what they are and how they present.

All about the three types of ADHD, plus a free printable poster

ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation

As the name implies, people with the predominantly inattentive presentation of ADHD have difficulty paying attention and are easily distracted. While they don't struggle with impulsivity or hyperactivity, people with this type of ADHD may struggle with staying on task, organizing tasks, listening, and forgetfulness.

ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation

The hyperactive-impulsive presentation of ADHD describes people who wiggle, squirm, move, and fidget all the time. People diagnosed with this type of ADHD are constantly moving. They just feel the need to constantly move. They'll get up often instead of staying seated and struggle to sit still at school or at the dinner table, for example.

While someone with the hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD doesn't necessarily have much trouble with inattention, they do struggle with impulse control or self-control. That means, they may blurt out things at school or interrupt others while talking.

ADHD, Combined Presentation

The combined presentation of ADHD is what most people, including myself, automatically think of when they hear ADHD. This type of ADHD is exactly what the name implies...a combination of the two other types. With the combined presentation, the person has significant problems with both hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention. 

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I've also included a free printable cheat sheet of the the three types of ADHD so that you can reference their names as needed. To get your copy, either click on the link below or click on the image below.


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