Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder: The Hidden Disorder in Government Schools in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai An Investigative Study

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
ADHD is a common disorder that can be evident in classrooms. Yet, there is a scarce amount of research done on this topic in the Arab World and specifically in the United Arab Emirates. This study examines ADHD in two different government schools in Dubai. The first is a model school and the second is a government school. The research demonstrates the different approach of the two schools to a student with ADHD based on observations, questionnaires and case studies. This study asks three main questions, the first is how are learners with ADHD identified in Dubai. The second is what are the educational services that are available for children with ADHD in model and government schools in Dubai and the third question is what can be recorded and recommended on the status of ADHD in Dubai schools. The results have shown a lack of knowledge by the educational figures in schools including teachers and social workers. An alarming number of teachers related ADHD to family problems and sugar additives. Moreover, individuals chosen by teachers as potentially having ADHD were not diagnosed before and there was no differentiation in the teaching methods to the students.
Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Government schools, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai, teaching methods