SALT LAKE CITY – A new study suggests that in states where children must turn 5 years old by Sept.…
SALT LAKE CITY – A new study suggests that in states where children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 1 in order to start kindergarten that year, children born in August are more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis.
What’s going on: Researchers in the new study found that there were more diagnoses among children born in August, specifikt i stater hvor der er en Sept. 1 cutoff date to start kindergartens, CNN reports.
Why it matters: ” Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being overdiagnosed and overtreated for ADHD because they happen to be relatively immature compared to their older classmates in the early years of elementary school, “Layton said, according to Science Daily.
Method: The study looked at more than 407,000 US children born from 2007 to 2009. Researchers tracked the diagnoses through an insurance database.
Specifics: The rate for ADHD diagnoses was 34 percent higher for those with August birthdays compared
States: The study found there are 21 states with the cutoff date, including Arizona, Texas and Illinois, among several others, according to the Education Commission of the States. 19659013] Other states have different enrollment dates, including Dec. 2 in California and Jan. 1 for Vermont.
The report lists Utah’s cutoff date as Sept. 2.
Bigger picture: Physicians should be aware of these findings to help them avoid overdiagnosis, the researchers wrote for the New York Times.