“These problems are probably not causally tied in any way to each other, but the underlying cause of them may be similar,”
Susanna Visser; Child Development Studies in the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- Research published in the journal Pediatrics finds that nearly 70% of children with ADHD also have a learning disability, speech problems, difficulty hearing, anxiety and conduct disorder. 1 out 5 have three or more of these problems.
- Children with ADHD are 8 times more likely to have learning disabilities and depression. They are also 7 times more likely to experience anxiety.
- This study points to the need for better screening of children with attention problems in order to determine the underlying causes of their conditions. Other factors associated with a broader spectrum of learning skills may be affecting their inability to focus.
- ADHD is mostly diagnosed based on behavioral symptoms that are observed by a child’s parents, teachers and doctors. It is often misdiagnosed as attention problems are also a symptom of dyslexia, retained reflexes or auditory processing problems.
- Attention and learning problems related to ADHD can be effectively corrected through intensive and consistent cognitive training at specialized learning centers.