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TOPIC: New ways to help treat children with ADHD

New ways to help treat children with ADHD 30 Jul 2014 13:35 #343

New ways to help treat children with ADHD
Posted on July 26, 2014 by Julie Landry Laviolette

Exercises like rock climbing, structured play sessions and even clapping along to musical beats are being used to help kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, augmenting medication with these structured sessions.

About 11 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are three main types: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive and a combination of the two.

Kids with ADHD typically have trouble with executive function: things like paying attention to something that doesn’t interest them, making priorities, sticking with things until the end and imagining consequences, said Dr. Jeffrey Brosco, professor of clinical pediatrics and associate director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

“It’s not a problem when you’re not asking them to sit still and follow the rules and do a lot of boring stuff. But when you do require it, and they can’t do it, it’s a big problem,” he said.


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