Managing the impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on reading achievement

Year: 2001

Author: Baker, Kathy

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may affect up to 1 in 30 children with individuals affected, to differing degrees, for their entire life span. In cases where ADHD is diagnosed, family life, social conformity, mental health and success in school and the workforce may be compromised due to the impact of the disorder. Also, significant numbers of ADHD students have associated learning difficulties, the most common of which are reading difficulties. While acknowledging that the current understanding of ADHD is still incomplete and many aspects remain controversial, the latest understanding of the disorder has been used to design a reading intervention to remediate reading difficulties in ADHD students. The intervention will be useful for teachers who are faced with the problems associated with trying to teach ADHD students with associated reading difficulties how to read, since as yet there is a paucity of literature on the topic. The present study proposes to use a case study methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of this specially designed reading intervention when used with primary school students diagnosed with ADHD.