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Continuous Performance Test Is Sensitive to a Single Methylphenidate Challenge in Preschool Children With ADHD

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Miriam Peskin1,2,Eliane Sommerfeld1,3Yael Basford1 Shlomit Rozen1 Gil Zalsman1,2,4Abraham Weizman1,2,5Iris Manor1,2

Geha Mental Health Center, Petah Tikva, Israel
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ariel University, Israel
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Felsenstein Medical Research Center, Petah Tikva, Israel

Journal of Attention Disorders: SAGE Journals

November 25, 2016


Objective: To assess the features of sleep in preschoolers with ADHD by means of questionnaire and actigraphy.

Method: There is a lack of evidence-based diagnostic paradigms and personalized interventions for preschoolers with ADHD. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD on a continuous performance test (CPT) before and after a single methylphenidate (MPH) challenge.

Results: The Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA)—a CPT—was administered to 61 preschoolers (5.64 ± 0.69 years; 74% boys) with ADHD before and after a single MPH challenge (0.3 or 0.5 mg/kg). Baseline TOVA performance was correlated with Conners’ Rating Scales (CRS) and compared with post-MPH TOVA performance.

Conclusion: TOVA assessment may assist in the evaluation of the effect of MPH in preschoolers with ADHD and may help in planning interventions for them.

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