Solutions for 'problem' children

30th August 2013 at 01:00

As a group of clinical and educational experts with everyday experience of working with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), we are disappointed to see so much media coverage questioning the existence of ADHD as a condition.

ADHD is underdiagnosed in the UK, and when poorly managed or unrecognised can lead to serious consequences, most notably educational exclusion and possible decline into social exclusion and antisocial and criminal behaviour. However, with early recognition, management and support, many children with ADHD can be successful in school and in society.

More needs to be done to help these children. Exclusion from school often leads to a student with ADHD being labelled as a "problem" child. And yet this encounter should be an opportunity to establish a positive path forward.

We are campaigning to change educational guidance so that every child who receives two fixed-term exclusions from school is assessed for ADHD before they return. Many children are excluded once for bad behaviour and are suitably chastened by the experience, but multiple exclusions suggest a more serious underlying problem. We believe that by taking action at this key juncture, we can help to build better futures for children with ADHD.

Fin O'Regan, On behalf of the UK ADHD Partnership.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today