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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Texting + Driving + ADHD = Danger

From Smart Kids with LD

September 2, 2013

"...even without distractions, teens with ADHD drove more erratically than the control group. Texting only added to the variability in speed and lane position, doubling the amount of time drivers with ADHD strayed."

It’s common knowledge that texting while driving is dangerous. But what happens when teens with ADHD text while driving? A dangerous situation becomes even more dangerous.

Researchers from the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati recently tested the driving performance of sixty-one 16- and 17-year olds, half of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD. According to an article in Medical News Today, the results showed “Texting significantly affected drivers’ speed and lane position for all study participants and further increased the risk for drivers with ADHD.”

This study, believed to be the first to look at the impact of texting on driving safety among teens with ADHD, also showed that even without distractions, teens with ADHD drove more erratically than the control group. Texting only added to the variability in speed and lane position, doubling the amount of time drivers with ADHD strayed.

Jeffrey N. Epstein, Ph.D., lead author of the study and director of the Center for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, suggested the findings from the study support efforts to ban texting while driving.

“Teens as a group are already at increased risk of distracted driving accidents. Now we know that an ADHD diagnosis and texting while driving increase those risks. Our results demonstrate the need for increased education and enforcement of regulations against texting while driving for this age group.”

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NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents) is a pediatric neuropsychology group practice in Newton, MA whose senior clinicians and allied staff evaluate and treat a wide range of complex learning, developmental, behavioral  and emotional disorders. Seeking to identify and empower the best in each child, they also address special education issues, school placements and post-secondary transition, often observing children in their classrooms and participating in TEAM meetings. NESCA has served clients from throughout the U.S. and more than twenty other countries.

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