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Is Music Better Than Medication For Kids with ADHD?

By Emily Lockhart

According to a recent study from the FIU Center for Children and Families, a little music goes a long way when it comes to helping kids concentrate more effectively on the task at hand and suffer fewer distractions. The study focused on three distinct groups of boys:

  1. One group who was currently taking ADHD medication
  2. A second group who wasn’t taking any ADHD medications
  3. And a third control group who hadn’t yet been diagnosed with ADHD

Each individual participant was allowed to select the particular genre of music they wanted to listen to—ranging from rap to pop tunes—to gauge the effectiveness of a little tunage on social behavior and learning difficulties.

“We found listening to music helped the kids with ADHD to complete their work…the effect of music on them was nearly as effective as medication. So instead of getting kids to do their homework in complete silence, it may help their concentration to let them listen to music [instead],” says William E. Pelham Jr., lead author of the study.

Overall, the study revealed that music, in general, promotes concentration and learning in kids suffering from ADHD and other learning difficulties, leaving little wonder to the rumors that many famous musicians like Beethoven, Mozart, and even John Lennon, suffered from ADHD themselves.


Source: Medical Daily

Emily Lockhart


Emily Lockhart is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. She believes that being healthy is a lifestyle choice, not a punishment or temporary fix to attain a desired fitness or body image goal. Anna helps her clients take responsibility for their own health and wellness through her classes and articles on ActiveBeat.