Volume 20 Num. 1 - March 2020
EF Train: Development of an Executive Function Training Program for Preschool and School-aged Children with ADHD
Volume 20 Num. 1 - March 2020 - Pages 13-27
Korpa T , Skaloumbakas C , Katsounas M , Papadopoulou P , Lytra F , Karagianni S , Pervanidou P
Volume 20, 1, 2020. To be published March 1st 2020
Executive functions are involved in the manifestation of ADHD symptoms. These functions have been proven to predict academic achievement and performance promoting school readiness and social functioning, thus training programs are essential. The current study focused on the development of an executive function training program “EF Train” and assessed its effect on the enhancement of three core executive functions, i.e. working memory, inhibitory control and sustained attention. A group of 52 children with ADHD ranging from 4 to 7 years of age were assigned to either a training group who performed 20 sessions of the executive function training program or a control group that received no training. The assessment of executive function improvement was carried out before, immediately after and three months after the completion of the “EF Train”. Data analysis revealed that the training program led to significant improvements of the core executive functions, as well as diminished ADHD symptoms. The findings indicate that executive function programs may assist on the attenuation of ADHD symptomatology providing additional non-invasive approaches for executive function improvement.
How to cite this paper: Korpa T, Skaloumbakas C, Katsounas M, Papadopoulou P, Lytra F, Karagianni S, & Pervanidou P (2020). EF Train: Development of an Executive Function Training Program for Preschool and School-aged Children with ADHD. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 20, 1, 13-27.
THIS PAPER WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OPEN ACCESS on March 1st, 2020
ADHD, executive functions, EF Train, children
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