Sunday, March 09, 2008

ADHD Kids Doomed to Failure?

In one corner you have the problem kindergartner. He pick fights with his classmates, incessantly interrupts the teacher and openly defies his teacher if push comes to shove. In the other corner you have the well-behaved kindergartner who wants nothing more than to please his teacher.

Guess which student performed better in reading and math by the time they reached the fifth grade?

In a large scale study of behavior and school performance, an international team of researchers analyzed measures of social and intellectual development from over 16,000 children.

Researchers found that the problem kindergarteners performed as well in reading and math as well-behaved peers by the time they ended their elementary school career.

So moms, dads, teachers and principals, please lighten up. The kindergarten terrors don't necessarily need to be medicated, held back or frown upon. Their early school behavior problems will not doom them to a lackluster finish to their elementary school years.

2 comments:

Julia said...

Thanks for the informative post - that is really incredible data! Could you tell me where you got those statistics from?

Jeannine Virtue said...

Thanks for asking Julia. The study was published in the journal "Developmental Psychology" but I read about the study in a New York Times article, posted Nov. 13, 2007.

It's a great article. Give it a read; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/health/13kids.html