The ability of Special Education teachers (SET) and Regular Education teachers (RET) to accurately identify and distinguish the characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from those of other childhood behavior disorders was examined. Both SET and RET teachers were able to identify a majority of ADHD characteristics ; however, both groups were poor in differentiating ADHD characteristics from those of other disorders, with SET showing more incorrect assignment of problem behavior than RET (p<.01). Neither pre-service nor in-service training correlated significantly with the ability to accurately identify ADHD characteristics. The general lack of skill in the discrimination of ADHD from other behavior problems by both SET and RET teachers strongly suggests the need for better pre-service or in-service training.
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Ortolani, M.; Isaacs, Morton; and Costenbader, Virginia, "If everything is ADHD then...teachers' confusion of ADHD with other disorders" (1995). Accessed from
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