ADHD diagnosed more in youngest children?

Are the youngest children in the class more likely to get a diagnosis of ADHD?  A recent study cited in USA Today would suggest that’s the case.  Or, is it more likely that older students are missed?  You decide!

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2 Responses to “ADHD diagnosed more in youngest children?”


  1. 1 Bonnie Flahr August 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve never noticed that it”s more one age than the other. It is more dependent on how disruptive a child is in the classroom that brings attention to them.

    • 2 Juanita M August 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      I agree, Bonnie – the disruptive ones have a knack for drawing attention to themselves in a big hurry.

      I think what the article is suggesting is that, if you don’t have the social maturity to sit down and comply, which might be the case with the younger students, the more likely someone is to paste on a label of ADHD as a first response. A good argument for some family history, behavioural observations, and curriculum-based assessment to see if the issue is maturity, skill-deficit, or attention deficit, eh?


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