Dr. Jeffrey Halperin, a professor of Psychology at one of my Alma Maters, Queens College, part of the City University of New York, has “received a two-year $425,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop the methodology for a new intervention designed to alter the clinical trajectory of ADHD, thus improving the outcome for many children.
A chronic condition characterized by inattention and hyperactivity/impulsiveness, ADHD is estimated to affect 6-10 percent of school-age children. Recent data suggests that the more the brain of children with ADHD starts to normalize, the better they do.
Halperin and his staff’s response is TEAMS Treatment (Training Executive Attention and Motor Skills). Working with small groups of four-and five-year-olds, Halperin is designing games and physical exercises and will determine if TEAMS can make a difference in behavior. Parents will be trained to encourage their children to play these games with siblings and friends in a “real world” context to supplement the time they spend with researchers.”
If the data from these clinical trials is promising, the procedures will be replicated in other venues. Improving executive functioning skills and ability to focus for these young children will greatly improve their lives, and contribute to their success in school and beyond.
Queens: The Magazine of Queens College
Vol. XV, NO. 1