Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Teachers diagnosing ADHD

For children to be diagnosed with ADHD the symptoms of the condition need to have been diagnosed at home and at school so teachers have a crucial role to play in the whole process. However, a review of referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team in Tower Hamlets suggests that teachers may be over-identifying the condition. Of the 52 children referred to the CAMHS team by teachers 14 of them were considered sufficiently serious to warrant a school observation but of these only 5% were diagnosed with ADHD.

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