Undertreatment of Motor Problems in Children with ADH

Motor problems occur in 30% to 50% of children with ADHD, and have a severe impact on daily life. In clinical practice there seems to be little attention for this comorbidity with the possible consequence that these motor problems go undertreated. Clinical interview and questionnaire survey of treatment by physiotherapy and factors predicting treatment of motor problems in 235 children with ADHD and 108 controls. Half of motor-affected children had received physiotherapy. Treated children had more severe motor problems, and less frequently presented with comorbid anxiety and conduct disorder. Treated and untreated children were similar in age, and rated similarly on ADHD inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive scales and parental socio-economic status.

Currently, undertreatment of motor problems in ADHD occurs. Behavioural factors play a role in referral and intervention.

Fliers EA, Franke B, Lambregts-Rommelse NN, Altink ME, Buschgens CJ, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MW, Sergeant JA, Faraone SV, Buitelaar JK.  Undertreatment of Motor Problems in Children with ADHD. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2009 Aug 21;15(2):85-90