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Dr. Nancy Armstrong, Advisor

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Dr. Janice Thurmond, Committee Member

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Dr. Kristin Reid, Committee Member


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder, estimated to affect 5% of all children and adolescents. The current rate of diagnosis is steadily increasing. This increase in the number of students with ADHD affects educators, who have a large role in the success of students with ADHD. Despite this, many teachers are not prepared to deal with the extra challenges that come with teaching students with ADHD. Teachers may not be properly taught how to deal with children who have ADHD in their classrooms or the role they have in these children’s lives. The purpose of this study is to instruct future educators of ADHD children ages 6-12 via an instructional video on what ADHD is, different presentations, how to recognize ADHD in students, what it feels like for students to have ADHD, and the importance of teachers in the diagnosing of students with ADHD. Students were surveyed before and after the educational intervention. Based on a quantitative analysis of the pre-questionnaire and post-questionnaire, it can be concluded that the video had a positive impact on the test scores. The results indicate that the video was a successful teaching intervention. This research clearly illustrates the lack of knowledge pre-service teachers have and what areas improvement is needed in. Generalization of the results is limited due to small sample size.

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