Auditory stimulation is a method of helping children by providing music while completing a task. In a study (completed by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y.) some children with ADHD performed better on arithmetic tasks while listening to music. The study used three separate control groups. One group listened to music while performing arithmetic tasks, another had talking in the area and another group was in a silent environment. The children without ADHD performed at an equal rate no matter which control group they were in. The children with ADHD, however, seemed to perform better and show more improvement while listening to music. This may be more of a method of helping children in performing tasks than an actual treatment.
No other studies have shown similar results or expanded on this study. There is not any conclusive evidence that children with ADHD could improve symptoms if they listen to music.
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Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.