Online education a viable option for students suffering from ADHD

Online education a viable option for students suffering from ADHD
Online education a viable option for students suffering from ADHD

According to a recent study conducted by Insight Schools, a national network of accredited public high schools, students suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may thrive in a personalized, flexible online learning environment.

In his book, Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr Russell Barkley reports that 21 percent of teens with the disorder skip school on a regular basis and nearly 35 percent drop out before finishing high school.

Neil Peterson, founder of the Edge Foundation, an organization that provides professional coaches for students with ADHD, believes that online education may be a viable option for students of all ages who suffer from ADHD.

"The online learning model offers something for the interactive and the auditory – two main ways [students] learn," said Peterson. "Over 50 percent of students that have ADHD go undiagnosed, too, so it is important that those with the symptoms get a screening test and also pursue the right learning path for them."

In 2008, more than 4.6 million students took at least one online course – a 17 percent increase over the previous year.

By Mark Danson

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