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(p. 53) Gauging Your Attention Span and Distractibility Delay 

(p. 53) Gauging Your Attention Span and Distractibility Delay
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(p. 53) Gauging Your Attention Span and Distractibility Delay
Author(s):

Steven A. Safren

, Susan E. Sprich

, Carol A. Perlman

, and Michael W. Otto

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190235567.003.0008
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date: 03 April 2020

This chapter contains instructions that adult clients with ADHD can use to gauge their attention span and use the “distractibility delay” technique. The first step is for clients to gauge the length of time that they can reasonably expect themselves to work on a boring or difficult task. The second step is to break tasks down into smaller “chunks” that will likely take that amount of time. The “distractibility delay” skill involves committing to keep working on a task for a certain period of time. During that time, the client writes down distractions but does not act on them. After the agreed-upon period of time, the client can decide if they are tasks that need to be done immediately, tasks that can go onto the task list, or tasks that are pure distractions and can be discarded.

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