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Parent Executive Training Improves ADHD in young children

New cognitive training program proves to effective in young children with ADHD

New research study published in January 2020 (see reference below):

This study looked at a novel natural (non-medication) technique to improve ADHD symptoms in younger children with ADHD. They state "The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends first-line treatment of preschool aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) be parent- or teacher-administered behavior therapy." Due to this they assessed the efficacy of Parental Occupation Executive Training (POET), a new intervention for young children with ADHD symptomatology, as an alternative to medication. They used a controlled, counterbalanced design with a study and comparison group (72 children with mean age of 5.42 years). Intervention included parental-training sessions focused on children's occupational goals and capitalized on the assumed relationship between daily activities and executive functions. They found that executive functions and preselected daily functions significantly improved following the POET intervention. Parent perceptions related to their knowledge of their children's executive difficulties and appropriate management strategies changed significantly following the intervention. They found that this short-term parental training program improved daily functioning of young children with ADHD symptomatology by focusing on their parents' ability to cope with the children's executive delays.

Frisch, C., Tirosh, E., & Rosenblum, S. (2020). Parental occupation executive training (POET): An efficient innovative intervention for young children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 40(1), 47-61. doi: