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New University of Calgary program aims to help students with ADHD

New University of Calgary program aims to help students with ADHD
From Global News - December 7, 2017

High school senior Brett Magdee admits his upcoming move to university is both exciting and nerve-racking.

This school is based on each individual student whereas university is more based on everyone at once, Magdee said in an interview Thursday.

Magdee attends a special education school in Calgary that helps him to thrive academically, despite having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When he steps on campus at the University of Calgary (U of C) next year, there will be a specific group-based program that aims to continue his success, and others who are dealing with the disorder.

The transition to university is challenging for all students, U of C assistant professor Emma Climie said.

For students with ADHD, they also have the additional organizational challenges, time management challenges.

Those with ADHD can have trouble concentrating, sitting still and can be impulsive, according to medical experts.

READ MORE:Cases of ADHD diagnosed in adulthood are on the rise, study suggests

A recent study found that around five per cent of respondents from the U of Cs student body indicated they had been diagnosed with the disorder.

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