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New Study Investigates Popular ADHD Therapy Programs

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - A new study from the University of Virginia says parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, are wasting money on one type of therapy.

The study investigated popular and expensive computer training programs that claim to help ADHD children with working memory and focus.

UVA researchers found no difference in children's performance after computer training.

“We looked at whether there were changes in their behavior based on blinded teacher ratings or blinded parent ratings, and we found that no, we weren't,” says Michael Kofler, UVA Curry School of Education assistant professor.

The study says computer training won't harm kids, but it just won't help.

Some of the computer training programs cost hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand dollars.

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