Attention problems need early help

Early intervention is required with regard to children who experience attention problems, new research has concluded. The study - from the University of Montreal - found that inattention, as opposed to hyperactivity, is the most significant indicator of a youngster's ability to complete a high school education.

Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingualt, who is also affiliated with Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital - incepted in 1907 - noted action needs to be taken to address the issue early in a child's development.

As part of the investigation, it was revealed 29 per cent of those with attention problems finished high school, compared to 89 per cent who were inattentive in class - such as those who found it difficult to concentrate, were easily distracted, gave up easily or were often absentminded.

This proved a markedly greater gap than the respective 40 per cent against 77 per cent relating to kids with hyperactivity issues.

Leader of the study Dr Sylvana Cote said: "Children who have attention difficulties are often forgotten because, unlike hyperactive kids, they don't disturb the class."

Paul Mawer, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "This study does highlight the importance of observing children in their classroom environment and that attention, or lack of, does need to be measured in some way.

"The resume does not give information about how inattention was measured in the study or for what length of time.

"Hopefully this result does not mean that children will be subjected to a range of drugs to help overcome their inattention difficulties and that work will be undertaken to devise other ways of alleviating their difficulties now that this has been identified as a significant problem."