Does Medication Help Children with ADHD do Better in School?

Dr. David Rabiner, Associate Research Professor, Duke University, discusses recent research on the effectiveness of medication and states, "Medication treatment appeared to be associated with greater achievement gains for children with high levels of attention problems - those with the inattentive or combined subtypes - compared to the gains made by those with the hyperactive-impulsive subtype." He also indicates, however, that gains were small to moderate. Rabiner proposes that the research here shows "the need for careful diagnosis as well as the need to carefully monitor how medication treatment may affect children's academic achievement over time."

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