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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 15, 2005

Education Professor Receives Grant To Research ADHD Intervention

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded UI Special Education Assistant Professor Alexandra Trout a $28,000 grant for her work studying children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides grants to faculty and research staff in all areas of scholarly endeavor through its internal funding initiatives (including the arts and humanities, biological sciences, mathematical and physical sciences and social sciences) for work that enhances the competitiveness of applications for external funding, assists in developing new initiatives, and/or supports new directions in scholarly/creative activity.

Trout's study will assess the effects of an intensive daily structured reading/fluency building program on the phonemic awareness of young children with ADHD participating in an ongoing comprehensive UI summer school program. John Northup, an associate professor in the UI College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, is co-investigator.

"Given the academic risks common to children with ADHD, it is essential to study the effectiveness of instructional programs that enhance phonemic awareness and early reading skills to prevent subsequent reading failure," said Trout, Ph.D.

Trout said 4 to 7 million children have some form of ADHD, and an estimated 80 percent of them reveal some degree of academic underachievement. If not addressed adequately while they are still in school, these problems can have a ripple effect that affects these children's opportunities for employment and post-secondary education.

Despite the prevalence of ADHD, Trout says that research into academic interventions for children with the condition is sparse, especially in the area of reading.

Trout hopes that findings from her study will provide a database to direct future research investigations, pilot information for larger state and U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Program grants, and help spawn community/university collaborations to help create annual summer programs to remediate the early behavioral and academic risks too common in young children with ADHD.

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