According to a new study by the Children's Research Institute Murdoch large number of Australian children suffering from hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and 40% of students do not meet the national minimum standards of literacy.
Today the period of development from childhood to adolescence is given little attention. Why do some adolescents with ADHD is a good performance, while others are lagging behind? This work is the first Australian study, which focuses on adolescent academic performance and ADHD.
In Australia, 6-7% of students entering high school, observed ADHD. This means that 5,000 students with ADHD each year go to high school. Most of them have academic performance is below average.
According to Nardi Zendarski, the study shows how noticeable gap between students with high academic performance and ADHD students. Without targeted support for many of these teens are at risk of falling behind their peers.
The new findings, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, shows that 40% of students below the national minimum standard, which means that they do not have the basic skills necessary for high school.
In seventh grade, 73% of students with ADHD have problems with writing, and 25% - below the minimum standard. In ninth grade, 54% of the students encountered difficulties, and 37.5% did not achieve the minimum standard. Interestingly, the difficulties with the letter is much higher among boys than among girls.
Adolescents with ADHD experience a number of other problems in terms of learning outcomes. It can also affect their mental health and ability to communicate.
According Zendarski, students with ADHD are at increased risk of academic failure in secondary school and high school. With poor learning outcomes are related, and other factors, including negligence, abuse by peers, lack of control on the part of teachers and parents of teenagers.
"We need to stop focusing on the arguments as to whether the children should be treated, and to focus on providing services and organizing support groups, they need to achieve good results at school. These programs can be used to support children with learning difficulties. Since education is a key determinant of the quality of life and health, it is something on which to concentrate our efforts, "- said Zendarski.