Executive Function in Preschool Children at Risk for Inattention and Hyperactivity
Who is Eligible: Children ages 4 and 5. We are looking for children born prematurely (< 33 weeks gestational age) and children who have been diagnosed or are at risk (have symptoms or positive family history) for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additionally, we are looking to recruit children ages 4 and 5 who were born at term (> 37 weeks gestational age).
Principal Investigator: Irene Loe, MD
Research Coordinator: Jenna Adams / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: (650) 498-7690
We are conducting a research study that uses psychological testing and computer-based testing to see how children control behavior, pay attention, and solve problems. Our study involves children who were born prematurely, children with ADHD or at-risk of ADHD, and a comparison group of children born at term.
We are interested in understanding how attention and executive function skills develop in children with a history of prematurity and in children at risk for ADHD. Executive function skills refer to multiple abilities, such as the ability to control behavior, problem-solving, and related skills. Attention and executive function skills have been linked with behavior and academic skills in children, and may be affected in some children with a history of prematurity or ADHD risk.
We hope our research will contribute knowledge to create effective interventions to help at risk populations who may exhibit executive functioning problems. This may, in turn, lead to improved functional outcomes.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
- We will talk to you by telephone to determine if your child is eligible for the study.
- We will send you a packet of information to complete, including questionnaires about your child’s behavior and functional skills.
- The study includes two testing sessions based at Stanford, each lasting about 1.5 hours.
- Computer and play-based games will be used to see how your child controls his/her behavior, attention, and problem solving skills.
- At the conclusion of this process, we will meet with you briefly to review your child’s health and behavior
What are the benefits of participating? More
- We will compensate you and your child with $60 after completion of both visits and the questionnaires.
- We may identify behavior or learning problems that you and your child are unaware of. If we identify an issue, we will recommend services or approaches to help your child.
- You will be contributing to understanding about children with attention and problems solving difficulties.