Chapter 14

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


This chapter outlines debates relating to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It presents a definition of ADHD and considers its prevalence then looks at identification and assessment of the condition. The chapter outlines disorders which co-occur with ADHD, and considers causal factors. Turning to provision, it examines the curriculum and assessment, pedagogy; resources; therapy; and organisation.

Some debates concerning ADHD

Shifting responsibility

There is a concern that acceptance of ADHD as a ‘condition’ may displace parental responsibility for a child’s unacceptable behaviour. It is suggested that ‘To millions of families, the label [of ADHD] provides a legitimate ...

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