school & learning ADHD in a Pandemic

Your Teen’s Learning Goals Need Reassessment and Refinement Now

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college students with ADHD, some attending highly selective schools, what they’d learned since the pandemic began. Answers ranged from “not much” to “probably less than I would have if not for the pandemic.” They described boring lectures, posting on chat boards, and “pretending” to do labs instead of actually doing them.All agreed that successfully meeting their learning goals depended on personal commitment and effort, which is not typically the strong suit of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD).

As several put it, “You have to teach yourself. Thank God for YouTube.” Facing this, many would-be students just skated by for a year, quit school altogether, or gave it a try and bombed out.

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