Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders

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					Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders

•   Boys are approximately three times as likely to be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD as
    girls.
•   One study found boys referred for                    Percentage of Children, age 5-17 w ith ADHD,
    possible ADD/ADHD approximately 10                 Learning Disability, or Behavioral Difficulties, By
    times as often as girls, leading some to                                Gender
    speculate about the possibility of referral           12
                                                          10
    bias based on a misunderstanding of




                                                            Percentage
                                                           8
    normal-range male activity and                         6
    behavior.                                              4                                                 Boys
•   One survey of physicians found that                    2
                                                                                                             Girls
                                                           0
    teachers and school personnel are often                    ADHD       Learning Behavioral
    the first to suggest that a child has ADD                             Disability Difficulty
    or ADHD.
•   Diagnoses of ADD & ADHD have
    increased among children under the age of seven, including diagnoses of toddlers.
•   Boys are diagnosed with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders at a rate nearly
    twice that of girls.
•   Boys are diagnosed with mental retardation at a rate nearly 1/3 higher than that of
    girls.
•   Approximately 50% more boys are diagnosed with speech impairments than girls.