What the Multimodal Treatment Study Really Discovered About Intervention for Children Diagnosed With ADHD: Implications for Early Childhood

Kean, Brian
November 2004
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Fall/Winter, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p193
Academic Journal
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen as the most frequently used diagnosis for children whose behavior or educational performance places them at risk. This paper reviews the Multimodal Treatment Study for ADHD (the MTA study) with a focus on the intriguing results of the Summer Treatment Program (STP) component of the MTA study. Review of the findings of the MTA study in relation to behavioral interventions used in the study and the combination of behavioral interventions and educational approaches used during the STP provides an insight into effective non-drug-based approaches to assist children diagnosed as ADHD. There is an increasing trend towards identifying children with ADHD symptoms in the early childhood period. This review of research indicates that focusing on behavioral, parental, and educational interventions may provide better outcomes for the child in the long term than through the alternative of a reliance on drugs for behavioral modification.


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