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Back To School: South Florida Researcher Wants To Prove Behavior Adjustments Can Treat ADHD

Mike Stocker
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Dr.William Pelham Jr., director of the Center for Children and Families at FIU, is working on a program that studies ADD/ADHD to find the best treatments.

For some children, learning how to focus on following a command, helping a peer, or showing good sportsmanship can be a challenge. Now one nationally recognized researcher is out to prove how those basic lessons in changing behaviors can be a more effective treatment than medicine for ADHD.

Dr. William Pelham, based at Florida International University in Miami, used a nontraditional approach this summer to help some children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder stay on task in a camp environment. Now as the new school year begins, he will study how to most effectively treat children with the disorder in a classroom setting.

A squirmy, 7-year-old Noah may be the best example that Pelham’s approach to treating ADHD through behavior change can work.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

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