New ADHD Study Shows the Potential Efficacy of New Multi-Modal Hemispheric Based Program in Boosting Academic and Cognitive Performance of Children Who Exhibit Symptoms of Neurobehavioral Disorders Such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A new ADD/ADHD study found that a multi-modal hemispheric based program significantly improved the participant's educational outcomes. The study, "The Effect of Hemispheric Specific Remediation Strategies on the Academic Performance Outcome of Children With ADD/ADHD," was conducted by a research team including, Gerry Leisman, Robert Melillo, Sharon Thum, Mark Ransom, Michael Orlando, Christopher Tice, and Frederick Carrick. The study appears in the current issue of the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
The new study included 122 children ages six to twelve years in Nassauand Suffolk Counties New York. All were diagnosed with ADD or ADHD; 94 were male and 28 were female; and all were of average intelligence. Before starting the study, each participant completed Wechsler Individual Achievement Tests (WIAT) including subtests for Word Reading, Reading Comprehension, Mathematical Reasoning, Spelling, Written Expression, Listening Comprehension and Oral Expression. The intervention consisted of a 12-week multi-modal program delivered through 60-minute sessions, three times per week. The sessions included sensory stimulation, motor training, aerobic strength and conditioning, and academic training. A key activity included auditory feedback through synchronized metronome training to improve the participants' ability to match physical motion to the beat. Remediation techniques also included primitive reflex inhibition exercises and academic home training.
Results were evaluated by comparing pre-and post-intervention standardized academic achievement and motor coordination and function scores, as well as reassessment on the Brown Scale for ADD/ADHD.
Of the Children examined with the Brown Scale, 81% of their parents said the children no longer demonstrated ADD/ADHD behaviors. The achievement subtests revealed improvements, sometimes as much as two to four grade levels in reading, comprehension, written and oral expression, and mathematic reasoning.
In Word Reading — an improvement of 84% was noted. In Mathematical Reasoning — an improvement of 81% was evidenced.
In Spelling — an improvement of 57% was noted, whereas in Written Expression — 76% improved between pre- and post-testing.
Listening Comprehension evidenced an 82% improvement, and in Oral Expression 71% improved.
The new multi-modal hemispheric based program is a non-medical after-school supplemental learning program for children ages four through seventeen who exhibit symptoms of neurobehavioral disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or dyslexia.
The 12-week multi-modal hemispheric based educational program, developed by Dr. Robert Melillo, author of Disconnected Kids, integrates physical and cognitive activities with dietary change to improve children's functioning and to reduce or eliminate negative behaviors by correcting underlying imbalances in the connections within the brain hemispheres.
For more information on the program, please contact: Zee Krell, Ph: (201) 387-1797
Posted: August 2010