Brain plasticity underlying acquisition of new organizational skills in children

Brief description of study

Children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), may show impairments in organization, time management, and/or planning. These organizational challenges can compromise school performance and family relations. Findings from a previous randomized clinical trial indicate that the Organizational Skills Training (OST) program for elementary school-aged children significantly improves behavioral and academic performance, increasing in-school productivity, reducing homework problems, and improving relationships with family and friends among children with organizational deficits. However, the brain mechanisms of treatment-induced changes remain unknown. We are now enrolling children to participate in a study to identify brain changes that occur during OST. To participate, children must be in grades 3 through 5 and struggle with organization. The current study combines a training intervention (OST) with non-invasive MRI imaging. If you are interested in enrolling your child in this study, you may contact our team using the form below. The study includes a brief no-cost assessment, two brain MRI scans at NYU, and a no-cost individualized behavioral treatment twice a week for 12 weeks during the school year. The behavioral treatment, delivered to parents and children over the internet, adapts the empirically validated Organizational Skills Training to tackle the demands of in-person, virtual, and hybrid learning.


Clinical Study Identifier: s17-00263
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04108273
Principal Investigator: Francisco X Castellanos.


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