Children Young For Their Grade More Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADHD

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Could the choice not to “red shirt” a child—hold him back from starting school—make it more likely that he will be given a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder? Anahad O’Connor writes in The New York Times:

“A new study of elementary and middle school students has found that those who are the youngest in their grades score worse on standardized tests than their older classmates and are more likely to be prescribed stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The findings suggest that in a given grade, students born at the end of the calendar year may be at a distinct disadvantage. Those perceived as having academic or behavioral problems may in fact be lagging simply as a result of being forced to compete with classmates almost a full year older than them. For a child as young as 5, a span of one year can account for 20 percent of the child’s age, potentially making him or her appear significantly less mature than older classmates.” (Read more here.)

What do you make of this?

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One Response to “Children Young For Their Grade More Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADHD”

  1. Colin says:

    I was “redshirted” and still received the ADHD dx, so no mutual exclusivity here.

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