Slow Processing Speed (SPS) is the time it takes for individuals to take in information, process it, and respond. The information processed can be visual, verbal, or motor. In the article Slow Processing Speed: Signs & Solutions for a Misunderstood Deficit, Dr. Ellen Braaten discusses the difference between SPS and ADHD symptoms. She also provides tips on how to cope and manage at home.
Dr. Braaten was studying children with ADHD and/or other learning developmental issues. She found that all of these children had problems with processing speed. She found that kids with slow processing speed were assumed to be lacking in intelligence. However, her research proved that theory wrong. Dr. Braaten’s states “Processing speed problems cut across and affect many academic, behavioral, and emotional difficulties, with the largest group affected being kids with ADHD. In addition, research shows that 61% of kids with slow processing speed meet the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD.”