A comparison between parent training and computerized cognitive training on academic readiness skills and parent-child relationships in ADHD

Institution: University of California, Davis

Investigator(s): Dr. Julie Schweitzer, Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Dr. Joshua Breslau, Dr. Linda Pfiffner, Dr. Keith McBurnett, Kyle Rutledge

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Stimulant medication, behavioral parent training (BPT) and behavioral classroom interventions (BCI) are all existing evidence-based treatments for ADHD. Unfortunately, effects of these interventions do not persist past the point of active dosing/implementation and long-term adherence with these interventions is poor. There is thus a need for not only alternative approaches to ADHD intervention but also, a need for comparison of interventions to elucidate which is both preferable to parents and children and which is the most effective long term. The aim of the current project is to determine whether there is a difference between Cogmed and behavioral parent training for improving academic competence skills and parent-child relationships in children with ADHD.

Population & Sample Size: N = 40 children with ADHD (combined or inattentive), ages 7-12 years

Design: Randomized, Controlled, Test-retest, 3 month follow-up

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