Teens with ADHD benefiting from online education

High school students who struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may only be a click away from a helpful alternative option. Insight Schools, a national network of accredited, tuition-free online public high schools, finds many of its students diagnosed with the disorder are thriving in its personalized, flexible learning environment. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 2.4 million children between the ages of 12 and 17 have ADHD, and the diagnosis of the disorder in that age group increased an average of 3 percent per year from 1997 to 2006. In addition, Dr. Russell Barkley reports in the book “Taking Charge of ADHD” that 21 percent of teens with ADHD skip school on a regular basis, 35 percent drop out before finishing high school and 50 percent experience sleep problems. Students with the disorder enrolled at Insight have found many of these problems are alleviated with online education. Insight students are able to work at their own pace, overcome distractions, receive more one-on-one attention and ultimately get the sleep they need every day.

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