ADHD in the early school years
BMJ Group Medical Reference
Starting school is an important time for all children. They have the chance to make new friends, gain independence and become involved in group activities. But if your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD), going to school can be a scary and disappointing experience.
Schoolchildren with ADHD often: 
Get poor test results and bad marks for work
Approach schoolwork in a messy, disorganised way
Fail to finish their work
Find it difficult to read, write and spell
Find it difficult to behave in settings that don't have much structure, such as in hallways or during lunch breaks
Seem immature or babyish, talking excessively and crying more often than other children
Struggle with structured activities, such as sport or drama
Lack co-ordination, making it difficult to ride a bicycle, for example
Find it difficult to get on with other children
Do things to annoy other people and then blame others
Have a low opinion of themselves and feel inferior.
Most children with ADHD can go to mainstream schools. However, if your child is struggling at school, it is worth meeting the teacher to discuss what help is available for children with ADHD. For more information, see Educational options for children with ADHD.
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