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Kids With ADHD Less Adept at Crossing the Street: Study
Date:7/25/2011

il standing with your child at the curb and asking when he or she thinks it's safe to cross.

"Parents of children with ADHD may need to be more mindful and concerned that their children are indeed making good decisions with regard to street-crossing behaviors. When they're on medications that reduce their impulsivity, it may reduce the risk, but further studies need to look at ways to ensure safety," said Adesman.

Stavrinos also noted that medications for many children with ADHD may be wearing off at the end of the school day, just as they may need to cross the street.

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To learn more about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

SOURCES: Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Andrew Adesman, M.D., chief, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; August 2011, Pediatrics


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