In recent research, it has been reported that genetics may play a large role in the reading performance of children with ADHD. However, the same study showed that environment was a larger factor than genetic make-up in how a child performed in mathematics. Lee A. Thompson, chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Psychological Sciences Department, who led the study said, “If we have this much overlap between genes that affect behaviors of ADHD and academic achievement, it gives validity to the relation of ADHD behaviors and poor academics.” The study targeted hyperactivity and inattention as its primary symptoms. This new information may allow experts to better identify influences that may change academic performance.
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