ADHD in the classroom – measuring opinions and needs

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Collaboration between school teachers and health systems is essential for efficient diagnosis, management, and treatment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study evaluated teachers’ knowledge, perceptions, and needs regarding the teacher-physician working relationship and perceived barriers for collaboration. A specifically designed questionnaire was fulfilled by 430 teachers in 30 elementary schools, representing a broad range of socio-demographic areas. Findings point to an alarming lack of communication between teachers and medical specialists. Most teachers were not involved in the diagnosis procedure and reported that children’s treatment was compromised due to lack of collaboration between the health and education systems. Most of them recognized their need for better training and guidance regarding common neuro-developmental disorders. The results of this study are valuable to identify areas where there is a lack of knowledge among teachers and need for further training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-317
JournalMerit Research Journal of Education and Review
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2015


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