Just yesterday CADDAC released its first-ever Canadian parents’ survey on ADHD. It was conducted between June and December of 2011.
The online survey had 735 respondents and focused on gathering information from parents and caregivers about their experiences with ADHD, the educational system, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
I will interview Heidi Bernhardt, President & National Director, CADDAC, in the near future about these results but, in the interim, here are some of the most interesting (to me) findings:
- 18% of participants have more than one child with ADHD
- 27% of respondent’s children (RC) waited more than 1 year for an
ADHD assessment from a qualified medical professional
- 73% of RC are on medication; 15% receive behaviour therapy
- 92% of RC had difficulty staying focused at school
- 48% of RC have difficulty making & keeping friends
- 55% of parents feel they have not received sufficient information on ADHD from the physician treating their child
These are just a few of the highlights. The full published study is available on CADDAC’s web site. To be honest, none of the results are surprising to me as the parent of a child with ADHD but they may astonish and surprise some teachers/administrators/school boards/physicians.
I will post more findings as well as the interview in the next few days. In the interim, please feel free to leave your comments and questions here.