LISA CLARK: Welcome to our webcast. I'm Lisa Clark.
School time requires sustained focus and attention, which means that children with ADHD can often have a hard time in the classroom. Treatments are available, however, and with the right balance of therapies, children with ADHD can get back on the track to scholastic success.
Joining me to discuss some of these treatment options is Dr. Peter Jensen, Ruane Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Jensen, welcome and thank you for joining me.
PETER JENSEN, MD: Thank you.
LISA CLARK: Let's talk about some of the particular challenges that children with ADHD face in the classroom.
PETER JENSEN, MD: Well, the biggest problem that most of these children face is their daily work. Getting the job done that most children define self-esteem and success by. And that's their schoolwork. How well they're doing compared to their peers and other classmates.
And so all of the routine tasks, in particular, are what they find challenging. Whether it be completing the homework, doing a longer project that takes daily follow-up and preparation and planning. Or the routine seat-work and trying to remain calm and focused, when there are so many other distractions around, and you're trying to do a list of math problems.