Category: ADHD - Child

Symposium

Symposium 144 - Where Do We Start? Early Intervention and Treatment for Young Children With ADHD Across Diverse Contexts

Sunday, November 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Cobalt 501, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: ADHD - Child / Adolescent | Early Intervention
Presentation Type: Symposium

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood mental health disorders and is associated with significant impairment throughout development (Froehlich et al., 2007). Among clinically referred preschool children, ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed disorder (Gadow, DeVincemt, Pomeroy, & Azizian, 2004), and studies of the prevalence of ADHD in preschool samples have established similar rates as seen in elementary samples (Egger & Angold, 2006; Lavigne, LeBailly, Hopkins, Gouse, & Binns, 2009). Additionally, ADHD symptoms in preschool years have been consistently linked to poor pre-academic functioning, continued problem behaviors and externalizing diagnoses in elementary school (Angold & Egger, 2007; Campbell & Ewing, 1990), poor academic outcomes (Massetti et al., 2008), negative relationships with teachers (Greene et al., 2002), and higher levels of substance use and comorbid mental health concerns in adolescence and young adulthood (Biederman et al., 2006; Molina & Pelham, 2003). Therefore, early intervention and treatment for young children with ADHD is vital. The present symposium seeks to highlight important, groundbreaking research on the most effective treatments and early intervention strategies for young children with ADHD and their families. Additionally, the presentations discuss unique and diverse treatment contexts and highlight important mechanisms for engagement of at-risk families. First, Katie Hart, PhD, will present data on the optimal dose of intensive early intervention prior to the start of kindergarten for preschool children with ADHD. Second, William Pelham III, MA, will present data examining the extent to which providing early behavioral intervention can reduce the need for and use of medication during early childhood for young children with ADHD. Third, Randi Cheatham-Johnson, MA will discuss strategies to enhance treatment engagement for parents of preschool children with ADHD living in urban poverty. Fourth, Tyler Sasser, PhD will present on the optimal treatment for young children at risk for ADHD who’s  mothers have ADHD. Lastly, Abigail Caserta will discuss innovated ways to enhance the skills of fathers of young children with ADHD in a unique setting. Our discussant, Dr. Gregory Fabiano, and expert in the field of childhood ADHD, will discuss these innovative developments in the early intervention and treatment of ADHD in young children, and present direct clinical implications, suggestions for future directions, and cultural consdierations.

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Bridget Poznanski

Doctoral Student
Florida International University

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Katie C. Hart

Florida International University

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Gregory A. Fabiano

Professor and Dean for InterInterdisciplinary Research
University of Buffalo

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Katie C. Hart

Florida International University

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Randi Cheatham-Johnson

Doctoral Student
Florida International University

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Tyler Sasser

Seattle Children's Hospital

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Abigail Caserta

Graduate Student
University at Buffalo, SUNY

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William Pelham

Graduate Student
Arizona State University

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