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Teachers Lack ADHD Management Skills

teacherA new UK study finds that two-thirds of primary school teachers struggle to understand and manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) behavior because of a lack of training.

The study, presented at the annual conference of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, surveyed teachers from six primary schools in Plymouth.

The majority of teachers were also found to lack understanding about the use of stimulant medication to treat ADHD, and about whether or not ADHD is being over-diagnosed.

Unfortunately, only 35 percent of teachers had received any training in understanding or managing ADHD behavior. This is despite teachers playing a vital role in helping to diagnose and manage ADHD.

However, the study did show that teachers who had received training were more likely to work in partnership with parents. This finding suggests that training for teachers could help create a more positive learning environment for children displaying ADHD behavior.

Study author Dr Sheheryar Jovindah, a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry from Mount Gould Hospital in Plymouth, said it was ‘crucial’ that teachers are provided with better training in understanding and managing ADHD behavior.

Source: Royal College of Psychiatrists

Teachers Lack ADHD Management Skills

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Teachers Lack ADHD Management Skills. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from
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