Training Executive, Attention and Motor Skills (TEAMS): Preliminary Studies

Overview

Training Executive, Attention and Motor Skills (TEAMS) is a new research program for preschool children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that attempts to use game-like activities and physical exercise to promote the growth of neural processes that underlie the core features of the disorder (e.g., hyperactivity, impulsivity) as well as associated areas of difficulty (e.g., socialization, motor skills). These activities are implemented at home and in supervised playgroups at no cost to families and are coupled with extensive parental education about ADHD symptoms and associated impairments.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: March 2011

Interventions

  • Other: TEAMS (Training Attention Executive and Motor Skills)
    • Training Executive, Attention and Motor Skills (TEAMS) is a new research program for preschool children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that attempts to use game-like activities and physical exercise to promote the growth of neural processes that underlie the core features of the disorder (e.g., hyperactivity, impulsivity) as well as associated areas of difficulty (e.g., socialization, motor skills). These activities are implemented at home and in supervised playgroups at no cost to families and are coupled with extensive parental education about ADHD symptoms and associated impairments.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: TEAMS
    • TEAMS has been designed to promote executive skills, memory and fine motor control, and includes game-like activities that allow for increases in task complexity.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Daily Diary of Engagement in Games at Home
    • Time Frame: Weekly during intervention, 1 month follow-up, 3 month follow-up
    • Parents complete diaries indicating the games/exercises that they engaged in with their children, as well as the amount of time per day and the degree to which the activities were enjoyable.

Secondary Measures

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Rating Scale IV(ADHD-RS-IV)
    • Time Frame: Pre intervention, post intervention, 1 month follow-up, 3 month follow-up
    • Parent and teacher ratings of ADHD symptom severity
  • Parent Satisfaction Questionnaire
    • Time Frame: Post intervention, 1 month follow-up, 3 month follow-up
    • Parents rate the palatability of the intervention across a number of dimensions.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

1. Be at least 4.0 and less than 6.0 years of age;

2. Receive a T-score on the Hyperactivity scale of the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) of at least 65 (1.5 SD above the mean) by either teacher or parent rating, and a score of at least 60 (1 SD above the mean) by the other rater;

3. Meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD-C or ADHD-HI as ascertained using the Kiddie-SADS, which will be administered to the parent.

Exclusion Criteria

1. Chronic medical illness or is taking systemic medication;

2. Diagnosed neurological disorder;

3. Full Scale IQ below 80 as measured by the Stanford-Binet – Fifth Edition Abbreviated Battery;

4. Diagnosis of autism, pervasive developmental disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder;

5. Determined to be physically aggressive with other children;

6. Parent enrolled in a parent management training program;

7. Not attending school or day

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 4 Years

Maximum Age: 5 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Queens College, The City University of New York
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Halperin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology – Queens College, The City University of New York
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Jeffrey M Halperin, PhD, Principal Investigator, Queens College, City University of New York

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