Poor Attention In Kindergarten Predicts Lower High School Test Scores

Good article on the necessity for EARLY diagnosis, something schools here in BC refuse to help with and MD's are reluctant to do without support from the schools. Waiting until the child is 7-10 sends them on a downward spiral of academic failure.

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2009) — As thousands of students nationwide prepare to leave high school, a UC Davis study appearing online May 26 in the June issue of the medical journal Pediatrics shows a clear link between attention problems early in school — as early as kindergarten — and lower high school test scores.

"In our study, a child's inability to pay attention when they start school had the strongest negative effect on how they performed at the end of high school — regardless of their IQ (intelligence quotient)," said lead study author Joshua Breslau, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine and a researcher with the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
He said that addressing attention problems early in life could keep some children from entering "a downward spiral of failure."

Poor Attention In Kindergarten Predicts Lower High School Test Scores

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