Our Work with Schools
Hyperactive children and young people are often disruptive in the classroom, and their lack of concentration (sometimes combined with dyslexia, for example) can have serious impact on learning.
Clearly there are a number of contributory factors to problematic behaviour in school - these can include emotional and social problems - but basic food intolerances, nutritional imbalances and other health problems can also be influential factors in student behaviour.
A number of schools have, over the past few years, made changes to their tuck shops which have resulted in improved student behaviour and performance. Teachers who had previously reported disruptive behaviour following break and lunch times, noticed significant improvement once additive-laden snacks and drinks were no longer available. Research in the UK and elsewhere supports these findings.
"I congratulate the HACSG on the excellent work they have done in preparing this Schools Information Brochure on ADHD/Hyperactivity. As a researcher in the field whose main interest lies in evaluating the relationship between chemical factors and child hyperactivity, I am convinced this brochure provides an essential guide for both parents and teachers."
Professor Neil Ward, BSc, MSc Hons, Phd. Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry.
The HACSG has produced an information pack for teachers, parents and students concerning hyperactivity in the classroom. It offers insights into ADHD and practical tips on how teachers can help. You’ll also find information on which additives and foods to avoid (such as drinks containing caffeine, flavourings etc) and suggestions for healthy school meals.
The School Information Pack includes an A4 colour brochure, three copies of an A5 leaflet and six informative bookmarks and is available from Our Publications page.