“The vast majority of cases are brought to the attention of parents by educators, either at the preschool level or elementary school level,” says George DuPaul, PhD, of Lehigh University. He has a background in school psychology, with a special interest in ADHD.
But even though teachers spend the entire day watching kids’ behavior, “sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong,” DuPaul says. “Upward of 40% of elementary students are reported by their teachers to have distractibility problems or problems with their activities. That doesn’t mean they have ADHD.”