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Goal Setting Helps Focus Children With ADHD

As an adult, goal setting is an excellent way to focus, but is it right to advise that goal setting helps focus children with ADHD? According to Professor Andrew Martin, it’s effective.

PB goal-setting guides students’ to focus on their progress measured against personal achievements and milestones rather than comparisons to their classmates. It involves trying to do a bit more or a bit better than previous efforts each time important schoolwork is attempted.

Professor Martin’s findings were published in the international journal Contemporary Educational Psychology, as the first empirical study on PB goal setting to include children with ADHD. Previous research had demonstrated PB goal setting for general student populations, but Professor Martin’s study showed its benefits were amplified among children with ADHD. Click here to view the original source of the article

Thankfully this research has been conducted among high school students, rather than children. If goal setting helps focus children with ADHD, I think this advice should be applied as late as possible in childhood. It would be highly unjust to expect young children to start setting goals. What do you think?

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