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New research suggests that some 60 percent of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to have symptoms into their mid-20s. Moreover, 41 percent had both symptoms and impairment as young adults. “There has been a lot of recent controversy over whether children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms into adulthood,” said Dr. Margaret Sibley, lead author of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry study.
Although stimulant medication does not seem to improve homework performance among children with ADHD, teaching parents techniques for working on their children’s homework problems is clearly effective—to the tune of an average difference between passing and failing--according to a new study.Helping parents and children with ADHD to address homework problems is an important issue, given academic underachievement is one of the most impairing aspects of childhood ADHD.
The largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S. is underway and FIU researchers are at the forefront. FIU is one of the 19 research sites for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) landmark study dubbed the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development, or ABCD. The study will follow the biological and behavioral development of more than 10,000 children beginning at ages 9-10 through adolescence into early adulthood.
Andres De Los Reyes, Associate Professor, University of Maryland-College Park