Sluggish Cognitive Processing or 'Thorough Cognitive Processing'
I got a few comments and emails about the name for Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. Some of you suggested the names Sensory Processing Disorder or Deficiency. The problem with those names is that there is a condition called Sensory Processing Disorder that many children have and is knows to co-exist frequently with ADD and ADHD. That Sensory Processing Disorder condition causes kids and adults to be bothered by scratchy shirt tags, loud noises, motion sickness, etc depending on what sensory system is affected.
The name matters because patients and parents start with the label of a condition to determine if the condition that they are diagnosed with applies to them.
Whatever the new name it has to: 1. Resonate with patients and parents. 2. Not be conceived as completely offensive or derogatory right off the bat. 3. Be consistent with the major signs or symptoms experience by patients. We think that SCT problems involve the reaction time required for the processing of visual, tactile, auditory and probably (but who knows because it has not been studied) proprioceptive and olfactory information. We do not know if there is a benefit to this delay. The information may be delayed in processing but the output may be comprehended in a more global or thorough manner (as opposed to a strictly linear manner). For all we know there is a cognitive reward for this delay. If this were the case then the name should be 'Thorough Cognitive Processing' or 'Complete Cognitive Processing'. My son sometimes seems to be just staring into space when the family is trying to solve a puzzle or problem and then out of nowhere he comes out with a totally novel and interesting solution. Maybe his processing was sluggish but it was also more complete. Just a thought.