ADHD Medication Improves Math Scores

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) A new study shows the sooner children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder start taking medications, the better their math scores may be.

Researchers at the University of Iceland studied the effects of ADHD
medications on nearly 12,000 children.

They took standardized tests in the fourth and seventh grades.

Results show students with ADHD, who started taking the medications within a year of their 4th grade tests, had much smaller declines on their test scores from the 4th to the 7th grade, especially in math.

But kids with ADHD who did not receive medications saw their test scores decline significantly between the 4th and 7th grades.

Researchers say starting medications as early as possible may help children with ADHD progress more consistently in the classroom.

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