Writing problems common in children with ADHD

August 23, 2011 05:33

NEW YORK - Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have writing problems such as poor spelling and grammar than their peers, according to a study.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 10 percent of children aged four to 17 in the United States have ever been diagnosed for ADHD, a number that has been on the rise in recent years.

The study, led by Slavica Katusic from the Mayo Clinic and reported in Pediatrics, included close to 6,000 children -- everybody born in Rochester Minnesota, the site of the Mayo Clinic, between 1976 and 1982 and who was still living there after age 5.

"Writing is a critical skill for academic success, social and behavioral well-being," Katusic told Reuters Health, noting that written-language disorders are often overlooked by teachers and parents.

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