Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with ADHD




ADHD causes serious and ongoing challenges for children at school. They struggle to pay attention which affects their ability to learn. They also experience great difficulties with organisation and time management. Social interactions can also be problematic. To further complicate matters, most children with ADHD will have at least one co-existing condition, such as anxiety, depression, a learning difficulty or a behavioural disorder. As a result, children with ADHD face academic underachievement. This seminar will present the research on educational outcomes for ADHD, and outline how schools and parents can work to improve them.

Professor David Lawrence, UWA:

Young Minds Matter, the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, examined academic trajectories for students with ADHD. The survey results showed the impact on learning trajectories for students with ADHD, and identified factors associated with better or poorer outcomes. Students receiving support services either through school or the health system did better, but the gaps do not fully close.

Ms Chantalle Chapman, School Psychologist:

What “help” can primary and secondary schools provide to ADHD students so that they reach their academic, emotional, social and moral potential? Chantalle will outline some of the strategies and resources that schools can provide to these potentially vulnerable young people. A case study will be presented showing how a student can be supported from identification through to ongoing management and on to graduation.