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Short attention span

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Short attention span is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of one condition: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

For kids diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Short attention span is one of three symptoms related to Difficulty Completing Tasks according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Difficulty Completing Tasks among kids with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are:

  1. Difficulty completing tasks
  2. Difficulty with schoolwork
  3. Disorganization

Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Short attention span

When parents mention Short attention span they also mention these other symptoms:

SymptomFrequencyNumber of mentions
HyperactivityOften4 mentions
Angry behaviorOften3 mentions
Difficulty paying attentionOften2 mentions
FidgetingOften2 mentions
ForgetfulnessOften2 mentions
Inattentiveness (or not listening to others)Often2 mentions
Sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis)Often2 mentions
AnxietySometimes1 mention
Being irritableSometimes1 mention
Day dreamingSometimes1 mention

Characteristics of Short attention span

How common is Short attention span?

Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 45.52% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Short attention span.

Percentage of kids with Short attention span by year of age

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This is based on a survey of 536 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Short attention span “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.

Frequency

OutcomePercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Continuously

12%

55 mentions
Hourly

0%

0 mentions
Daily

20%

92 mentions
Weekly

16%

73 mentions
Monthly

9%

42 mentions
Annually

5%

21 mentions
A Few / Several Times

12%

54 mentions
Once

2%

8 mentions
Never

24%

106 mentions

Severity

SeverityPercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Very Severe

12%

64 mentions
Severe

14%

75 mentions
Moderate

20%

105 mentions
Mild

20%

106 mentions
Not at All

35%

186 mentions

Discussion of Short attention span

What was your approach to Short attention span? What were the results?

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