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ADHD and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Overview of Theory, Assessment, and Management

12.00 CE Hours Available

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in childhood, affecting 5-7% of school-aged children and often persisting into adulthood. ADHD also presents with substantial heterogeneity, and there is rapidly accumulating evidence on the nature and importance of sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in children with and without ADHD. This seminar will provide up-to-date information on leading theories of ADHD, in addition to an overview of its presentations, co-occurring conditions, and associated impairments across the life span. Evidence-based assessment and behavioral treatments will be covered. The seminar will also cover the latest scientific evidence on SCT, including its history as related to and distinct from ADHD and other mental health conditions, currently available measures to guide assessment, impact on major domains of daily life functioning, and possible treatment approaches.

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Participants will be able to:

  • describe primary characteristics of ADHD, including its diagnostic criteria and presentations;
  • identify key considerations for evaluating ADHD and comorbid conditions;
  • identify evidence-based behavioral interventions for treating ADHD;
  • identify the history of sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) as related to ADHD and other mental health conditions;
  • review recent scientific findings of SCT in children and adults;
  • describe the nature of executive function deficits and impairments associated with ADHD and SCT.


Clinical Features, Presentations, and Course of ADHD

  • History of ADHD
  • ADHD diagnostic criteria and presentations
  • ADHD developmental course and persistence ​

Theories and Causes of ADHD

  • Executive functioning
  • Brain and genetic factors
  • Environmental factors

Impairments and Long-Term Outcomes

  • Peer and social impairments
  • Academic and neuropsychological impairments
  • Adult outcomes

ADHD Comorbidity and Heterogeneity

  • Comorbid conditions
  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Sleep problems

Assessment of ADHD and Associated Impairments

  • Evidence-based ADHD assessment
  • Assessment of associated features and comorbidity
  • Assessing functional impairment

Behavioral Treatments for ADHD

  • Behavior parent training
  • School-based interventions
  • Treatments for teens and adults with ADHD

History and Validity of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT)

  • History of SCT and distinction from ADHD
  • Functional outcomes and impairments linked to SCT
  • Phenomenology of SCT

Assessment and Treatment of SCT

  • SCT assessment
  • Possible behavioral treatments for SCT
  • Current Evidence on Medication and SCT