Review of the literature and pilot study on the effects of Ritalin on reading and interpersonal relationships of hyperactive children
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The purpose of this study was to explore, through an investigation of the literature, the etiology, symptoms, neurologic concomitant, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of hyperactive children. A pilot study has been set up to determine how parents, teachers, and peers perceive the hyperactive child before any action is done to help him, when he is talking Ritalin a therapeutic drug, and when he is on a placebo. The change in behavior of the hyperactive child and his classmates will also be explored as well as changes in academic achievement. As a result of a review and analysis of the literature, the writer has concluded that the following will be found to be true in the pilot study: the majority of the children will have abnormal electroencephalograms and these will mainly show a persistent occipital slow wave, those with a normal electroencephalogram will react in a more dramatic way to treatment, more boys than girls will be referred for the experiment, school work and test scores will improve as a result of improvement in attending to task, hyperactivity and aggressiveness will decrease, and a follow-up study in ten years will show that few of the children will have an adequate adjustment to society if they have not received psychotherapy.
Ritalin -- Physiological effect
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Treatment