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Children and young people with ADHD often face problems and complications in their early education, which is characterised by disruption and a cycle of negative school experiences, says a new study.

Published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, the research reveals that young people can be stuck in a ‘problematic provision loop’, where multiple school placements are unable to meet their needs.

The research, based on the views of young people with ADHD ‘who are often overlooked in the literature’, reveals that suspension and exclusion are common.

It also points to a lack of understanding of how children with ADHD may behave and experiences of punitive measures that further aggravated children’s condition/s. This lack of understanding can result in children being labelled ‘lazy’ or ‘naughty’ and parents being blamed for their behaviour.

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