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Preschoolers With ADHD

By Mary C. Breaden — September 10, 2007 1 min read

Helping preschoolers who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may require more behavior therapies and less medication, concludes a study published in School Psychology Review, a biannual journal from the Bethesda, Md.-based National Association of School Psychologists.

The study, conducted by multiple researchers from different universities, examined a sample of 135 preschoolers over five years and used behavior-only therapy between parents and children to help the youngsters learn how to interact better with their classmates and teachers.

The study says about 1 percent to 4 percent of preschoolers are diagnosed with ADHD. But it cautions against diagnosing children with ADHD when they are in preschool.

This study can be accessed by members of the National Association of School Psychologists.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 12, 2007 edition of Education Week

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