Mid-Atlantic Consortium Newsletter Summer 2013

The Impact of School Accommodations on Children with ADHD

This study, conducted at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Baltimore, and directed by Allison Pritchard, Ph.D., is evaluating how accommodations made for children with ADHD in schools affect their achievement as measured by standardized testing. To accomplish this goal, children’s academic records and educational testing results will be analyzed, along with information provided by parents during a brief interview. The results of this study should provide insights into the effectiveness of school-based accommodations, and help determine which of these accommodations are most effective, and for whom. More generally, the researchers predict that by helping to develop better strategies for supporting success in school, this research will contribute to   improved quality of life for affected children and their families.

ADHD is now estimated to affect millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADHD has many consequences, but its core features include difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD often have poor social and academic achievement; many have great difficulty adjusting well to adolescence. They also have increased needs for health care.

Participants in this research will include children in 6th, 7th and 8th grades with ADHD.

For more information, contact Taylor Koriakin by phone at 443-923-7927 or by email at koriakin@kennedykrieger.org.