While we have long-known that children who have been diagnosed with ADHD frequently suffer from other conditions which can impact their behavior, school performance and overall well-being, recent research sheds important light on the scope and impact of co-morbidities. An article published in the February 2011 volume of Pediatrics reviews information from the National Survey of Children’s Health that included 62,000 children, more than 5,000 of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD. Two out of every three children with ADHD also had other significant problems, according to parents. Of these co-morbidities, learning disabilities were by far the most common.
This research underscores the importance of providing coordinated care that creates linkages between educational, health, behavioral and other services for children. The authors conclude that “management of ADHD should be tailored to each child’s neurodevelopmental profile.” These findings are consistent with our longstanding belief that treatment and support of children who struggle with attention issues must be based on each child’s unique profile of strengths and challenges (i.e., their neurodevelopmental profile), must be coordinated and ongoing, and should not rely solely on ADHD medications.
Read more about the research here.