Parents—not teachers—are the ones primarily pushing to have children assessed for attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, finds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children with ADHD, a common childhood behavioral disorder that often lasts into adulthood, may be overly active, have trouble paying attention, or be prone to impulsive behaviors.
About 65 percent of the time, a family member is the one who first has concerns about a child’s behavior, according to a survey of households with children up to age 17. Thirty percent of the time, the concern comes from someone at the child’s school or daycare. About 5 percent of the time, the concern came from another individual, like a doctor.
A version of this article appeared in the September 16, 2015 edition of Education Week as Special Education