Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT)

Children with SCT often have difficulty with problem-solving, self-organization, self-initiation, and processing competing sources of information. As a result, these children have much more difficulty with academic tasks and tend to internalise their problems yielding far higher rates of anxiety and depression. These children also have far fewer externalising problems and generally have few social issues.


Understanding of SCT is still in its infancy and cannot, as yet, receive an official diagnosis based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . However, Initial research does suggest that there are several treatments which may help children with SCT including: cognitive behavioural therapy, organisational skills training and reducing cognitive overload. Good sleep habits, regular exercise and diet may also help.

Symptoms of SCT include:

  • Frequent daydreaming

  • The tendency to become confused easily

  • Mental fogginess

  • Sluggish-lethargic behaviour

  • Drowsiness

  • Frequent staring into space

  • Slow processing of information

  • Poor memory retrieval

  • Possible social passiveness, reticence, and withdrawal


At ChiLD we can assess your Child for SCT using a short questionnaire if we think this is an issue they maybe facing.