With better views into the brain's attentional mechanisms, the limitations of the ADD / ADHD checklist are harder to ignore. Spatial attention, auditory attention, visual attention, and motor attention all have different localizations and patterns of functioning. How well can anybody know what's going on if they don't examine the child? A common profile is impaired auditory attention, but strong visual attention (sometimes referred to as 'hyperfocus'). Shouldn't remediation or educational strategies be tried first?
More clinical and educational professionals need to catch onto this.
Hypofrontality in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity