During the 90-minute test, children performed 15 simulated street crossings in an interactive, virtual environment. The researchers looked what the children did before crossing the street, what the children did when they decided to cross, and what the children did during the crossing.
The scientists found that although both groups of children behaved the same way when crossing the street, the children diagnosed with ADHD chose to cross the street in riskier situations when there was less space between cars and less time to complete the crossing.
Children with ADHD appeared to process the risk of danger differently, but parents can make a difference. Typical children do not have the visual skills necessary to cross streets safely until the age of ten. Children with ADHD may require extra time and help to develop those skills.
For more information about child pedestrian safety, read Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer Shane Smith's article, "Safe to school in Atlanta - 8 tips to keep child pedestrians safe."
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