The link Between ADHD And Starting Kindergartens Too Early

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The link Between ADHD And Starting Kindergartens Too Early


A very interesting report from Sievertsen and Dee’s research offers new evidence today on mental health aspects that are instrumental in predicting educational outcomes for children.

The mental health traits behind Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been determined by measuring an individual’s hyperactivity and inattention.

This has been found to be reveal how well he or she is capable of managing self-control or self-regulation.

A higher level of self-regulation describes a person’s ability to control impulses and adjust his or her behavior in attaining goals — normally linked to a student’s achievement.

Mental health has become a very important issue for kids in recent years and this interesting article from the Inquisitor explores the new evidence relating to this.

The Inquisitor reported the following story;


The generally accepted theory is that young children and teenagers who are able to stay focused, sit still, and pay attention longer, are prone to do much better in school.

Dee’s study found a similar link when comparing seven-year-old children attending the same schools. These children showed that the students who had lower inattention-hyperactivity ratings had higher school assessment scores.

Additional findings of this recent study on delaying kindergarten found a significant improvement of mental health with regard to hyperactivity and inattention for both boys and girls.

Professor Dee says the improvement is added evidence in delaying entry into kindergarten.

“This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what parents and policymakers have already been doing – choosing to delay kindergarten entry.”

In addition to improved mental health of children who are not enrolled in kindergarten until age six, instead of age five, emotional and social skills show improvement, as well.

The Stanford study shows the percentage of children entering kindergarten at age six instead of age five has progressively increased to about 20 percent in the United States. A portion of this new trend is due to school policy changes; however, researchers suggest that most of the increase can be attributed to academic redshirting– a principle used for postponing entrance into kindergarten in order to allow extra time for socio-emotional, intellectual, or physical growth.

Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year in the hope of giving their children a leg up in maturity and other social emotional skills.

Professor Dee noted that a decision about schooling involves a variety of factors and this study addresses one area. He suggests conversations about when to enroll a child in kindergarten should include both parents and teachers.

The study also found similar findings when compared with other research showing how prolonged playing in early childhood improves a child’s mental health developmental.

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