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Delayed Processing Tip Sheet for Professionals

Delayed processing is the brain's decreased/slowed ability to process auditory, visual, or cognitive information.

Look for These Difficulties

  • Misses components of instructions or conversations
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Tires easily/appears to "zone out" or is mentally foggy
  • Appears passive, unmotivated, slow moving, or lethargic
  • Appears uncooperative, non-compliant, or resistant due to slow responsiveness

Accommodations for Professionals

  • Ask the individual to summarize important information from a conversation
  • Use concise/clear language
  • Allow extra time to respond and answer additional questions (especially in group settings)
  • Limit distractions
  • Provide extra time for tasks and activities
  • Simplify information and give instructions one step at a time
  • Consider incorporating physical activities as a part of the treatment plan to increase brain activity in regions where processing occurs, like yoga and walking