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Fewer than 50% elementary students with ADHD get special education

Fewer than 50% elementary students with ADHD get special education

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Fewer than 50 percent of elementary school students diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) receive special education and the government needs to set up more special education classes, experts said Saturday.
According to a survey conducted by a special education center under National Hsinchu University of Education, there were 510 suspected or confirmed ADHD cases among 25,180 students in 40 elementary schools around the country, and fewer than half of the confirmed ADHD cases were provided with special education.
Tsai Mei-hsin, secretary-general of the Naivety ADHD Taiwan Association, said the low ratio of students receiving special education is mostly caused by the limited number of special education classes being provided.
Many students with ADHD can only attend regular classes, which do not provide them with the specialist help they need, Tsai said.
She urged the government to set up more special education classes for students with ADHD and to provide more comprehensive education services.
(By Chen Li-ting and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-04-19 05:37 GMT+08:00