Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that over 9% of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their life. This is approximately 6 million children. However, this number only represents children that have been diagnosed. There are likely more children with ADHD that are not diagnosed until adulthood. The CDC notes that the rate of ADHD diagnosis has been on the rise for many years.
With many children being affected by ADHD, it is essential that they receive the educational support necessary to ensure their school success.
Education Weekly released an article stating “One in 5 students with significant ADHD gets no school-based help”. The survey used in the study was administered by the National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. The survey was completed in 2014 and given to parents of children who had been diagnosed with ADHD by a physician. The survey asked questions such as the child’s symptoms and interventions (if any) they were receiving.
The study shows that many of the children in the survey sample had a difficult school experience. 51% reported problems overall with school. 30% reported problems with peer relationships. The report also showed that almost a quarter of the students were barely receiving passing grades and had to repeat a grade.