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Efficacy of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Middle School Students With ADHD

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02150668
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 30, 2014
Last Update Posted : July 13, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
U.S. Department of Education
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brief Summary:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders, with prevalence rates estimated at 8%. Several of the primary symptoms of ADHD relate to problems with temporal and materials organization (i.e. has difficulty organizing tasks and activities, loses things, is forgetful, and fails to finish school-work). In the school setting, problems with organization manifest as forgetting to complete or losing homework assignments, difficulties planning for the completion of long-term projects and studying for tests, and problems keeping class materials organized. These organizational difficulties become particularly problematic in middle school and are associated with low school grades and high parent and teacher ratings of academic impairment. In fact, organization of homework materials is one of the strongest predictors of academic performance in students with ADHD, above and beyond the impact of intelligence, school services, and ADHD medication use, and mediates the relationship between symptoms of ADHD and school grades.

Given the relationship between temporal and materials organization and poor school performance, it is clear there is a need for interventions to address these difficulties. The PI sought to address this need by completing an IES Goal 2 study to develop a school-based intervention targeting organizational skills that was feasible for school mental health (SMH) providers to implement. The Homework, Organization and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention was developed and refined based upon input from 20 school mental health (SMH) providers, students with ADHD and their families. SMH providers implemented the HOPS intervention, rated the intervention as highly user-friendly and feasible to implement, and demonstrated excellent fidelity to intervention procedures. Students who received the HOPS intervention made significant improvements in homework problems and organizational skills compared to a waitlist control. The feasibility and fidelity data demonstrate that the intervention has potential for widespread dissemination. Preliminary outcome data suggest that the intervention may significantly improve the academic performance of students with ADHD. However, the small sample size (N=23 HOPS & N=24 control) precludes firm conclusions about efficacy and moderators and mediators of intervention response. Accordingly, the primary goal of this Goal 3 study is to evaluate the efficacy of the HOPS intervention, which focuses teaching students' organization and time-management skills, as compared to an intervention targeting on-task behaviors during homework completion and efficiency of work completion, the Homework Support Intervention (HSI), and to assess moderators and mediators of intervention response.

Middle school students with ADHD (N=260) will be randomly assigned to receive the HOPS intervention or the HSI intervention. Students in both groups will receive the same amount of intervention in terms of duration and frequency of intervention sessions. Six cohorts of students will be recruited for the project. Each cohort will consist of 22 students at each of two schools (44 per cohort) who will be randomly assigned to each of the two conditions. Objective measures of skills implementation, parent and teacher ratings of organization, homework problems, and academic impairment, and school grades will be examined pre and post intervention as well as at 8-week and 6-month follow-ups. Treatment fidelity and integrity will be closely monitored. Moderator and mediator analyses will be used to answer important questions about the types of students most likely to benefit from organizational skills intervention and the key mechanisms of change that lead to improved academic performance. This study has significant potential to improve the academic performance of students with ADHD because the intervention was designed with SMH provider input and has clear potential for widespread dissemination upon proof of efficacy.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Behavioral: Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) Intervention Behavioral: Homework Support Intervention (HSI) Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional
Actual Enrollment : 260 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Middle School Students With ADHD
Study Start Date : September 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 1, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : June 1, 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: HOPS Intervention
School counselors deliver HOPS intervention to students during the school day. This includes 16, 20-minute sessions with the student and two joint family meetings.
Behavioral: Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) Intervention
Active Comparator: HSI Intervention
School counselors deliver the HSI intervention which focuses on improving focus and efficiency of work completion. This consists of 16, 20-minute sessions, with the student and two joint family meetings.
Behavioral: Homework Support Intervention (HSI)



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in the Homework Problems Checklist Total Score from the beginning of the intervention to the end of the intervention [ Time Frame: 1 academic semester (average of 4 months) ]
    Parent-completed measure of homework problems related to focus and efficiency of work completion and organization of homework materials.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in the Children's Organizational System Scale (COSS) Total Score from the beginning of the intervention to the end of the intervention [ Time Frame: 1 academic semester (average of 4 months) ]
    Parent and teacher completed rating of organization, planning, and time-management skills.


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in School Grades from the semester before the intervention to the semester after the intervention [ Time Frame: 1 academic semester (average of 4 months) ]
    Grade point average from core classes



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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parent consent and subject assent must be provided.
  • Must be in Middle School; defined as 6-8 in the recruited schools
  • Must be age: 11-15.
  • Must meet DSM-IV criteria for ADHD - Predominately Inattentive Type or Combined Type.
  • Must have a Full scale IQ score of greater than 80 on the WISC-IV.
  • Must receive all of their core class instruction in regular education classrooms.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of Bipolar disorder
  • Diagnosis of Psychotic disorder
  • Diagnosis of a Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Substance dependence
  • Diagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02150668


Locations
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United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284-2018
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
U.S. Department of Education
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Joshua M. Langberg, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University

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Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02150668     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HM14899
R305A130011 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences )
First Posted: May 30, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 13, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017

Keywords provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:
ADHD
Homework
School
Organization
Time-management

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders