ADHD leads to less computer access at school

Pupils with ADHD use computers less in their schoolwork than other pupils do, a study by Occupational therapy researchers at LiU shows.


“This gives cause for concern. For pupils with ADHD, the computer is an important aid that makes it easier to focus on the task and work at your own pace. It can facilitate learning in both reading and mathematics,” says Vedrana Bolic Baric, who is a doctoral student in occupational therapy and one of the researchers behind the study.
 
The study is based on a survey of school computer use of 102 pupils with ADHD in secondary and upper secondary school. The results of the survey were then compared with computer use by pupils with physical disabilities and pupils without functional disabilities. It turned out that less than half of the pupils with ADHD had access to a computer in the classroom. In almost all schoolwork, they used computers to a lesser extent than pupils with physical disabilities and pupils without functional disabilities.
 
“While a third of the pupils with ADHD used computers to search for information on the internet, half of the pupils with physical disabilities and two thirds of the remaining pupils used computers for the same purpose”.
 
Even for writing, the pupils with ADHD used computers les frequently, and had less contact with teachers via email than other pupils.

 

Text: Birgitta Weibull

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