Many children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are just immature, suggests a study in Taiwan. Children who are young for their grade are much more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, reports The Telegraph.
Only 2.8 percent of boys born in September, the oldest in the class in Taiwan schools, are diagnosed with ADHD. The rate is 4.5 percent for boys born in August, who are the youngest in the class.
For girls, the rate of ADHD diagnoses rose from 0.7 to 1.2 per cent, depending on birth month.
Teachers may be comparing the behavior of younger children to their older, more mature classmates, researchers concluded.
How many ADHD kids just need more time to learn how to focus their attention — and instead get medication?