An alternative treatment for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: An exploratory analysis

Karen Louisa Harding (1999)

This study was conducted with an emphasis on an alternative treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ten ADHD children ages 7 to 12 years were treated traditionally with the prescription drug Ritalin. Another ten, same-age children, were treated with an alternative treatment. The Intermediate Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test was used to assess differences between the two treatment groups on attention, response, and motor regulation (Hyperactivity). Results demonstrated that both the Ritalin and alternative treatment groups achieved significant amelioration of symptoms. When subjects were retested one month after treatment, both groups were found to have significant increases in, auditory attention, visual attention, and response control. These findings have implications for future research, treatment, and the training of psychologists.