ADHD and iPad Research Note
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School districts across the country—in classes from kindergarten through high school—are experimenting with iPads to see if they can help students learn better. The exact number isn't known; nor do we know how many are using iPads specifically to help kids with ADHD is unknown. But what is certain is that when it comes to ADHD, there are specific iPad applications (or "apps") available. Question is, how well do these work? Though research has yet to answer the question, apps for iPads and iPhones include reward charts, games, behavior trackers, drug guides, symptom tests, and checklists. One app helps parents recognize the triggers that may precede meltdowns and offers suggestions to help them avoid their own meltdowns when their kids act out.Fast Facts:
- 20 to 30% of students with ADHD are classified as "learning disabled" because it's hard for them to gain specific academic skills.
- Up to 80% of children with ADHD have academic problems.
- Computer programs, such as iPad apps, may help students with ADHD improve reading skills and decrease behavior issues.
- Using iPads might help children with ADHD learn more effectively and improve their focus.
- iPad apps that focus on improving memory may be particularly helpful for students with ADHD.
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