Symtoms of Attention Surplus Disorder

It isn’t that children with ASD/ASTD can’t lose focus: when they’re doing things they do not enjoy or hearing about topics in which they’re not interested, they have no trouble losing focusing and returning to the task later. But when the task is repetitive or boring, they keep focus and fail to tune out.

Failing to stay on track is another common problem. Children with ASD/ADTD often bounce from task to task and are able to comple all of them, or skip unnecessary steps in procedures because they are not prudent. Organizing their schoolwork and their time is easier for them than it is for most children.

Kids with ASD/ASTD also diligently concentrate if there are things going on around them; they usually don't need a calm, quiet environment in order to stay focused.

Symptoms of surplus attention

  • Pays close attention to details
  • Does not make careless mistakes
  • Has trouble losing focus; is not easily distracted
  • Appears to listen attentively when spoken to
  • Remembering things and follows instructions
  • Stays well organized, plans ahead, and finishes projects
  • Remains interested in a task until it’s completed
  • Frequently places homework, books, toys, or other items where they will not be lost

Symptoms of tranquility

  • Does not fidget and squirm
  • Hardly leaves his or her seat in situations where sitting quietly is expected
  • Moves around less than others, often runs or climbs appropriately
  • Talks at a normal pace and frequency
  • Has difficulty playing loudly or becoming tense
  • Is always “ready to focus,” as if driven by a goal
  • May have a slow temper or a “long fuse”

Symptoms of steadiness

  • Thinks before acting
  • Answers questions in class after waiting to be called on and hearing the whole question
  • Patiently waits for his or her turn in line or in games
  • Says the right thing at the right time
  • Hardly interrupts others
  • Abstains from intruding on other people’s conversations or games
  • Ability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in calm discourse or logical problem resolution
  • Takes time to solve a problem rather than guessing