A recent small study indicates that behavioral treatment for kids with ADHD is helpful for homework and may be more effective than the usually prescribed stimulants.

Behavioral Treatment for Kids with ADHD is Helpful for HomeworkResearchers at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami tested how effective medication was against behavioral strategies in 75 children in a summer school program.  The summer program had classes that lasted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week for eight weeks.

The children were randomly assigned to receive either a long acting stimulant or behavioral treatment which included coaching parents to help with homework and daily report cards.

“Long-acting stimulant medications haven’t been shown to help with homework performance despite companies advertising their utility for homework time,” said lead study author Brittany Merrill.

“Behavioral interventions are more effective than long-acting stimulant medications in improving homework performance among children with ADHD, and stimulant medication did not add to the effectiveness of the behavioral intervention,” Merrill added.

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