A WFLA news report indicates that the American Academy of Pediatrics is alerting parents of the differences between ADHD and sleep disorders.
“If a child has a sleep disorder it’s going to be quite difficult to focus in a classroom. A child can’t concentrate. So they’re fidgeting in the classroom because they’re trying to stay awake. A teacher sees that, and they’re used to seeing ADD and ADHD, the first thing she’s going to presume is ah-ha here’s the next one,” said Dr. Akinyemi Ajayi, the medical director of the Children’s Sleep Laboratory, statewide.