New Study Shows Minorities Diagnosed Less With ADHD

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STAUNTON -- A new study in pediatrics shows minority children are less likely than white children to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

This study followed 15 thousand children from kindergarten to eighth grade. The results concerning, because it means some kids who could benefit from treatment, may be missing out.

Studley Robson works with children with learning disorders at LearningRx. She does tests to see how people's brains work and works with people of all races.

Robson says, "not necessarily that they're black, hispanic, white, or anything in between, it's just when test results come out, and all skills are low, they're basically saying their cognitive skills are matching their ability."

She says that could just mean the child has low potential and that is why they score low, even without having an attention disorder.

She plays games to help increase brain function. But getting outside help like this may be hard for some.

"That costs money that that family simply may not have," Robson says.

If they family can afford it, Robson says that can help improve their test scores and performance in the classroom.

"If they came from a family with higher economic status then they might persue further testing," Robson explains.

Robson says this is unfortunate becuase some children that could benefit from testing aren't able to.

Robson says "the public school systems, they do the best they can, but they are exceedingly overwhelmed."

The study also showed that boys were twice as likely to be diagnosed than girls, regardless of ethnicity. Being involved in behavioral problems increased the odds of a diagnosis.