Study conducted by Florida International University Center for Children and Families, Director William E. Pehlham, Jr.
Is it helpful or just another distraction?
A new study has revealed that music may have similar effects as medication for children with ADHD. The study was conducted by Florida International University Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr.
Pelham’s initial intent was to examine how distractions such as music and television affect children with ADHD.
“If a kid says he can watch TV and focus, it’s just not true. With television, we found out what we needed to know,” said Pelham.
“But with music we actually discovered, in most cases, it didn’t really affect the children.”
During the study, Pelham found that while a few children were distracted by music, most of them were not.
“And in some cases,” Pelham noted, “we found listening to music helped the kids with ADHD to complete their work. Actually for this subgroup, the effect of music on them was nearly as effective as medication.”
Pelham collected data on both medicated and non-medicated male students with ADHD.
“Rather than just assuming it’s better for a child with ADHD to do their homework in complete silence, it may help their concentration to let them listen to music. If parents want to know if listening to music will help their child’s performance in school, they should try it. Basically, it’s trial and error. If a child’s performance improves after trying the music for a period of time, then that’s a pretty good indicator that the child falls into the subgroup of children that benefit from music.”
Florida International University Center for Children and Families
Director William E. Pelham Jr.