As with children who have been diagnosed with Learning Disabilities or ADHD, they may be hesitant to engage because they feel as if they are different or inadequate. What we have seen is children taking too long to gather up their supplies between classes or needing extra time to complete their homework allow for less time to walk school hallways with their peers or spend time with them after school.
Over the years we had many such students in our centers that are exceptionally bright, but just cannot keep up.
Low self-esteem in children with slow processing speed often results when they compare themselves to peers who process information more efficiently, which can lead to feelings of depression. Sometimes these children often interpret their slow processing speed as a global deficit in which they see themselves as universally inadequate – which is why the identification of slow processing speed is imperative.
Helping your child to understand slow processing speed as a specific weakness and to recognize other areas of strength is particularly important.
The bottleneck of slow processing speed can readily lead to frustration and anxiety. Many children with slow processing speed may avoid others because of how they perceive themselves. They may experience stress-related physical complaints because of their inability to keep up with the expectations of parents and teachers.
In addition, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can also cause slow processing speed. Children who experience slow processing speed due to these issues would not have displayed the signs of slow processing speed when they were younger. Slow processing speed might manifest itself in anxious children with perfectionist tendencies, who go slowly due to the fact that they need to be 100% correct.