Developmental changes in attention and comprehension among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Ursula L. Bailey, Elizabeth P. Lorch, Richard Milich, Richard Charnigo

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Abstract

Changes in visual attention and story comprehension for children (N = 132) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and comparison peers were examined. Between the ages of 7 and 9 (Phase 1) and approximately 21 months later (Phase 2), children viewed 2 televised stories: 1 in the presence of toys and 1 in their absence. Both groups of children showed developmental increases in visual attention and stable group differences over time. Deficits in comprehension among children with ADHD, however, increased over time. Whereas comparison children's recall of factual and causal information increased over time in both viewing conditions, children with ADHD showed no developmental improvement in recall of factual information in the toys-present condition and no improvement in recall of causal relations in either viewing condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1842-1855
Number of pages14
JournalChild Development
Volume80
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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