Navigation Links
Making ADHD teens better drivers
Date:1/24/2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A University at Buffalo researcher's work with a state-of-the-art driving simulator is making better drivers among those considered to be the most risky motorists on the road: teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Gregory A. Fabiano, UB associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, has already established a therapeutic program that not only helps these teens become better drivers but also builds better relationship with their parents.

Now, thanks to a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Fabiano will extend his already successful program to other teens and their families, therapy that includes dramatic demonstrations of the unforgiving and often dramatic dangers of texting while driving.

Click here to see a video interview with Fabiano. (http://www.youtube.com/ubcommunications#p/u/11/isAvhkCPOu4).

"We had worked with children with ADHD for a long time at the university," says Fabiano, a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for professionals at the early stages of their independent scientific research careers. "And as those kids grew up, we heard concerns from parents about the transition to independent driving.

"So we did some research and found out results not surprising to anybody. Teen drivers are the worst on the road. And some recent research has shown that compared to that worst group of drivers, teen drivers with ADHD were significantly more at risk for everything."

Fabiano's grant-funded project -- a joint effort between a Graduate School of Education research team and UB's New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation -- also has found stark results when it comes to teens texting while driving: Texting while driving can make individuals as bad as drunk drivers or worse.

"It's hard to turn on the TV or open a newspaper or magazine without seeing something about the risks of texting and driving," Fabiano says. "Because cell phones only have been around for a while, this is a recent phenomenon. And only in the past five years have text messages and texting been something we all have on our phones and in our pocket, so it's really a new distracter that teens now entering the roadway are having.

"In our research, we have yet to have somebody be a successful texter while driving, and that includes our internal staff and me," Fabiano explains. "Texting while driving impairs driving to the extent where there are deviations in the lane, on the shoulder, people spinning out, they lose control, and it's not hard to extrapolate that if that sort of thing happened on a real road, you could have hit a pedestrian, another car, a bad accident."

Fabiano says the significant conclusion of this part of his research is how the teenagers who lose control of the simulated vehicle while texting often do not realize their ability to drive was severely compromised.

"We have found teens with ADHD are like children with ADHD in that they have poor insight on the impact of their behavior on others," Fabiano says. "So most of the teens we work with think they can easily text while driving without any poor consequences."

Fabiano's five-year NIH study began in April. It focuses on ADHD teenage drivers with learner's permits. The teens practice on the driving simulator and are given an onboard driving monitor to track driving behaviors, giving parents and teens the chance to review their driving performance and interactions.

The goal of the study is develop a driver education program targeted to ADHD teens and their parents.


'/>"/>

Contact: Charles Anzalone
anzalon@buffalo.edu
716-645-4600
University at Buffalo
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Pain Patches Making Gains in U.S.
2. Health-care systems not using best evidence in decision-making
3. New method for making large quantities of deuterium-depleted drinking water
4. ICU communication study reveals complexities of family decision-making
5. Study Confirms It: Booze Impairs Decision-Making
6. Neurons cast votes to guide decision-making
7. Is your job making you fat?
8. Mayo Clinic review of ethical decision making with end-of-life care
9. Experts urge making cigarettes non-addictive a research priority
10. US hospitals making only modest gains in adoption of electronic health records
11. Clinical trials abroad: Making non-English language consent forms readable
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Christmas:” a beautiful and enchanting tale that teaches children the true meaning of Christmas. “Journey ... Oklahoma City, and a devoted woman of faith. , “Becoming a parent changes you. ... of my mind for years, but actually doing it might have been a while in ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced ... Models (APMs) in 2017. Clinicians who participate in APMs are paid for the quality ... the Administration’s effort to build a system that delivers better care and one in ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... With the cold weather here, many people will have to clear ... when clearing large amounts of snow, but they can be dangerous when used incorrectly. That’s ... Safety Commission for the proper use of snow blowers:, , When ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... solutions, has recently unveiled impressive transportable capabilities with their iMedHD2™ Portable Teleultrasound ... an extension to RMT technology that delivers HD, dynamic, streaming ultrasound images and ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Plains, NJ (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 ... ... board certified dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology and fellowship trained Mohs ... of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Li completed his internship in internal ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017  Sensus Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers and other ... therapy, today announced that it will report its ... on Thursday, February 2, 2017 after the market close. ... call with the investment community on Thursday, February 2, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , January 19, 2017 ... Option to Address Motor Symptoms and Motor Complications ... ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151014/276718LOGO) ... , European Neurological Review,2016;11(Suppl. 2): 2-15, http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/safinamide-new-therapeutic-option-address-motor-symptoms-and-motor-complications-mid-late ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... The Global Therapy Partnering Terms and Agreements ... deals and agreements entered into by the world,s leading ... Top deals by value - Deals listed by company ... The report provides understanding and access to the partnering ... healthcare companies. The report provides an analysis of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: