ABSTRACT

The hyperkinetic syndrome in children is characterized by high levels of motor activity, lack of coordination, short attention span, inability to concentrate, lack of impulse control, nonresponsiveness to social influence, and labile emotionality. Characteristically there are no “hard” neurological signs of cerebral damage, EEG activity is within normal limits, and there is no consistent pattern of dysfunction on perceptual and cognitive tasks. Overall intelligence scores fall within the normal range, and in most cases the dysfunction disappears or is greatly attenuated as the child enters adolescence (Wender, 1971).