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Are Schools Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD?

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posted on 2008-09-01, 00:00 authored by Daryl Efron, Emma SciberrasEmma Sciberras, Phillip Hassell
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have a major impact on students’ functioning at school—academically and socially. This study examined parental perceptions of schools in relation to their understanding of ADHD, information provided and general support. Parents of consecutive children with ADHD seen at the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne completed a questionnaire that assessed their beliefs about ADHD and schools. Questionnaire data were obtained from 66 parents (43 mothers, 23 fathers) of patients aged from 6 to 19 years (M = 10.4). The results indicated that parents of children with ADHD perceive that teachers have inadequate understanding, and schools insufficient resources, to support their children’s special needs. Schools need more resources, and teachers need more training, to promote positive experiences and outcomes for children with ADHD.

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Journal

Australasian Journal of Special Education

Volume

32

Pagination

187-198

ISSN

1030-0112

eISSN

1833-6914

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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