Episode 16 - Increasing On-Task Behavior with ADHD

Since medication for ADHD isn't the only treatment in town, what behavioral interventions can help students take part in the important parts of learning?  Like staying on-task with schoolwork for instance.  This week we review how functional analyses, good peer models, and sounds of the cosmos can decrease off-task behavior in children.  And are you a behavior analyst with no experience working with individuals with ADHD? Let our introductory summary get you started on understanding this chronic disorder.  And, in the spirit of the research, we actually manage to keep our typical tangents to a minimum.  Like maybe only 10% of the running time if you don't count Jackie and Rob making white-noise sound effects.

Articles discussed this episode:

Flood, W.A., Wilder, D.A., Flood, A.L., & Masuda, A.  (2002).  Peer-mediated reinforcement plus prompting as treatment for off-task behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 199-204.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2002.35-199

Grauvogel-MacAleese, A.N. & Wallace, M.D.  (2010).  Use of peer-mediated intervention in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 547-551.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2010.43-547

Cook, A., Bradley-Johnson, S., & Johnson, C.M.  (2014).  Effects of white noise on off-task behavior and academic responding for children with ADHD.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 160-164.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.79

And, for some background on behavioral interventions for ADHD:

Fabiano, G.A., Pelham Jr., W.E., Coles, E.K., Gnagy, E.M., Chronis-Tuscano, A., & O'Connor, B.C.  (2009).  Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 129-140.  doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2009.11.001

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