A Novel Approach in Treating Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Keywords:ADHD, Children, Sequential Processing, Exercise, Intervention
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
The study addressed drug dependence and reliance in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD). It offered alternative, which was natural (no chemicals were involved), cost effective, substituting the conventional/traditional medical prescription with exercise program and sequential processing intervention. The effect of the study on the method was moving from a quick short-term fix, touching the surface of the symptoms and ignoring the long-term abuse, to a healthier approach, allowing better outcomes at the behavioral, cognitive, and physical levels, with no side effects. The conceptual framework of this study served two main objectives: (a) minimizing medication intake, abuse/addiction, and (b) maximizing the child active role in managing classroom/home functioning. Students with ADHD from Israel, Mexico, and the United States, ages 11-13 (N=103) were assessed on the ADHD checklist (Reif, 1997) 4 times during 3 months. Analysis of the teachers' assessments revealed that incidents of behavioral misconduct decreased and academic achievements increased.
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