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STIMULUS REGULATION: A NON-MEDICINAL BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TO ADULTS WITH ADHD
Spanos, Christopher N

2013, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
While psychostimulants are the primary medicinal treatment for ADHD, new behavioral techniques are consistently being uncovered as successful forms of treatment. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential utilization of a kinesthetic task as a means to increase performance in reading and listening comprehension tests for adults with ADHD. Participants were undergraduate Kent State University students between the ages of 19 and 23 who screened positively for ADHD. These participants completed a questionnaire regarding their ADHD diagnosis, demographics, and academic performance. Participants then performed reading and listening comprehension tests while utilizing a kinesthetic task as a secondary stimulus and without a secondary stimulus as a control condition.

Participants with scores above the mean in inattention and the overall ADHD index on the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales performed significantly higher on the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement Reading Comprehension Composite (p < .001) and Listening Comprehension Composite (p <. 01).

Findings support that use of the kinesthetic task enhanced performance in reading and listening comprehension. These findings suggest that rather than deprive individuals with ADHD of multiple stimuli, allowing them to engage in a secondary activity during reading and listening tasks can improve performance.
Beth Wildman, PhD (Advisor)
Robert Stadulis, PhD (Committee Member)
Manfred VanDulmen, PhD (Committee Member)
34 p.

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