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Lower extremity response time performance in boys with ADHD


Pedersen, SJ and Heath, M and Surburg, PR, Lower extremity response time performance in boys with ADHD, Journal of Attention Disorders, 10, (4) pp. 343-349. ISSN 1087-0547 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1087054706292112


Objective: Children with ADHD have been labeled as "uncoordinated" and "inefficient movers"; however, a paucity of research has systematically examined "stimulant-free" motor processing in this population.

Method: In the present investigation, the authors employ a cross-lateral integration task to assess the attainment of a motor milestone in a corpus of 16 adolescents with ADHD acutely removed from their daily medication routine (methylphenidate) and 19 age-matched peers. Participants perform a choice response time task involving the lower extremity to targets located at midline and in ipsilateral and contralateral space.

Results/Conclusion: This investigation finds that children with ADHD have slower lower extremity reaction and movement times compared to controls, and all preadolescent children demonstrate an inhibition in processing movements that require crossing the midline of the body.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cross-lateral integration, response time, lower extremity, ADHD
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
ID Code:63179
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-04-16
Last Modified:2013-01-18

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