According to a new study out of the University of California, Davis almost a third of students with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) don't graduate with their peers. That's high compared with the national high school drop out rate of 15% says the lead study author. We asked Dr. Kimberlee McKay at Avera McKennan if she was surprised with the findings.
Dr. McKay says, "I don't think so. ADHD is self-explanatory; they have problems with their attention. Kids are having problems with their concentration and staying on task and as they age and get into bigger classrooms that can be challenging in terms of education. What advice can I give? The main thing is parents should be actively involved in how their child is educated. The commentary in the article shows there appears to be a gap in the medical diagnosis and how their child is educated. Clearly we have some work to do to make sure these kids are graduating high school and potentially moving on to their secondary education. I think we're better at diagnosing ADHD so I think it's more of a matter of addressing the problem of being able to address the challenge for educators to get on top of it and make the learning process better for these kids. I know those teachers work really hard and it's a challenge to teach these kids. The important thing is to communicate with teachers and be involved in the education process."