Hemispheric Integration Therapy in the Treatment of ADHD (pp. 485-495)
Authors: Mark Goldenberg
Abstract: This paper cites 4 cases of children with ADHD who underwent 20 sessions of Hemispheric Integration Therapy (HIT). The aim of this study was to document objective improvement in 4 children with ADHD utilizing HIT as an alternative/adjunct to medication. In all cases the children, ranging in ages from 7- 21, underwent the Tests of Variables of Attention (TOVA). Children who were taking medication were tested without their morning dose of medication and retested without medication at approximately the same time of day after 20 sessions of HIT were completed. The lapse in time from the start of therapy to final testing was approximately 7-10 weeks. All children tested before therapy was initiated were significantly deviant in either omission errors, commission errors, or both. In all cases TOVA results were significantly improved for omissions, commissions, or both. HIT may be considered as an alternative or adjunct to medication for the treatment of ADHD or for children who are refractory to stimulant medication.