The path to ADHD friendly education

The current education system often overwhelms, challenges and alienates kids with ADHD.

Imagine if we could create an ADHD friendly and inclusive learning environment so that ADHD kids could shine!

At ADHD Australia, we’re building brighter pathways for all Australians with ADHD.  We’ve surveyed teachers and parents, identified gaps then created training programs and support. We’re also hosting the first National Australian Education Summit to discuss these challenges.

87%

of teachers feel underprepared and under-resourced to recognise or support students with ADHD.*

95%

of parents think more educator training is needed to help support ADHD students.^

A spotlight on our ADHD Education Report

Our national survey of 1,000+ primary, secondary and tertiary educators reveals that while there’s an estimated 1 child with ADHD in every classroom, teachers feel that institutions aren’t preparing our next generation of educators to accommodate ADHD student learning styles.

 

 

* Building Brighter Pathways, ADHD Australia Education Survey Preliminary Report (Aug-Sep 2021)
^ Parents' Perceptions of Education Snapshot, ADHD Australia (Aug - Sep 2021)

Improved outcomes

Professor Michael Kohn, specialist in childhood and adolescent ADHD, and Chair of ADHD Australia, believes that the traditional educational approach needs significant changes to improve outcomes for neurodiverse students.

“We’ve discovered so much about brain development, and how to assess and support young neurodiverse people in learning over the last two decades. But teacher training and education policy is yet to catch up.”

Education summit: Building Brighter Pathways

Timed with ADHD awareness month, we’re proud to announce our virtual summit held on 21 October 2021. It’s the first of its kind in Australia and aims to build brighter pathways for students with ADHD.

With key speakers and new specialist training modules, all educators are encouraged to join our virtual summit.

Introducing some of our ADHD Ambassadors

Ceri Sandford, ex-teacher and Founder of the Wine with Teacher podcast, has ADHD herself, and advocates for neurodivergent students and adults in Australia and New Zealand.

“As educators, by speaking with each child about their ADHD, we can better understand it. Then we can use this knowledge to design individual systems that will give them the skills to be successful.”

Bernard Curry is well known for his TV roles in Wentworth and Home and Away. At home he’s busy bringing up 2 young boys, both with ADHD and one with autism.

“We have come a long way as a society with how we understand ADHD and I think the education system is following that.”

Mark Brandtman is an education consultant with over 21 years’ experience working with schools, parents, employers and students to effectively manage ADHD.

“My approach is telling people to turn the negative aspects of ADHD, into positives.”

 

Rose Callaghan is an award winning Melbourne-based comedian, media personality and ADHD spokesperson. Rose is passionate about mental health and known for her no holds barred humorous accounts of her struggles.