ADHD Medications Don’t Appear to Help Children With Homework

ADHD Medications Don’t Appear to Help Children With Homework

Giving children stimulant medication meant to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has no significant effect on homework completion or accuracy, a new small study suggests.

The study, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, included 75 children with ADHD who were attending a summer school program.

The children received either behavioral treatment with daily report cards and parent coaching, or a long-acting stimulant, Reuters reports.

Children who received behavioral treatment got 10 to 13 percent more homework problems finished, and completed 8 percent more problems accurately, compared with children who did not receive the treatment.

The authors said this translates into the difference between getting an average grade of C with behavioral help, compared with an average grade of F without such help.

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