April 6, 2007
A recent study in journal ‘Science’ shows new information on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control nearly 1.6 million elementary age children in America have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Neuroscientists at MIT say that they now know it takes one part of the brain to focus and another part to be distracted.
Doctors now believe that these findings may help in the treatment of children with ADHD.
“What this sort of basic science study does is it allows us to focus on looking at the treatments that we use to see if we can tailor them more specifically,” said Dr. Kenneth W. Norwood, a professor of pediatrics at UVA.
That’s because Dr. Norwood says that not all children diagnosed with ADHD are the same.
Dr. Norwood said,” It helps for us to focus the questions that we ask parents and teachers who are working with these children as we try to tease out exactly what the specific issue is for a child who has a diagnosis of ADHD.”
He also hopes he'll be able to take this new information straight to those who deal with ADHD children on a daily basis, like parents and teachers.
“For instance in the classroom situation we might be more concerned with limiting distractions in the children who are more distractible whereas in the other group of kids whose problem is not so much easy distractibility, but sustaining attention or concentrating, we might use a different type of strategy in order to help those children become successful,” said Dr. Norwood.