Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is becoming more prevalent:
• An estimated 2 million more children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011 compared to 2003
• An estimated 1 million children diagnosed with ADHD were not taking medications for treatment in 2011
• More than one third of those not taking medicines were also reported to have moderate to severe ADHD
Vision and ADHD are related in important ways:
• Children with visual skills dysfunctions are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD on the CPRS-R:S
• Children with symptomatic visual skills dysfunctions with ADHD are more likely to have parent-reported concerns about reading and other schoolwork
• Those with ADHD have more significant problems in depth perception, peripheral vision, visual search and visual processing speed
• Those with ADHD have more visual problems associated with driving than those without ADHD
Children with visual skills dysfunction are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD because of the overlap in symptoms. If a child is thought to have ADHD, it is important to screen them for visual skills dysfunctions. Use the ADHD and Visual Skills Symptoms Survey to help screen for whether visual skills problems are exacerbating ADHD symptoms. If the child does have visual skills problems, then treatment of those issues can help improve the symptoms and struggles associated with ADHD.
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