Taking a closer look at what may be behind a child's learning difficulties.
As you may know, ADHD can have a significant effect on a child's ability to learn and to perform required functions. However, it may not be the only reason that he or she is having difficulty in the classroom. Sometimes, children with ADHD may also have a common learning disorder: dyslexia.
Dyslexia can make it hard for a child to read effortlessly, recognize common sight words, sound out words, and understand what is read. This can make learning problematic, as children with ADHD and dyslexia may begin to voluntarily withdraw from participating in class or lose focus on their academic performance. Because both ADHD and dyslexia can lead to learning difficulties, it's easy to see why a parent of a child with ADHD may not recognize the symptoms.
Kids & Learning: A Clinical Research Study is working with parents to help determine the source of children’s learning problems and to evaluate a non-stimulant ADHD medication for investigational use to see if it can help improve ADHD symptoms in children with ADHD and dyslexia.
This Web site is designed to provide you and your family with some basic information regarding this clinical research study. If your child is eligible and you both decide to enroll in this clinical research study, the medical research staff at the Center will further explain all of the potential risks and benefits of study participation to you. For more information about this study and to see if your child may be eligible to participate, please click here to take the study online prescreener.
To learn more about Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz and the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, visit the Center's website at dyslexia.yale.edu.