Seattle, Washington 98145

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


The purpose of this study is to increase physical activity (PA) in children with ADHD using a novel, family-based intervention that promotes PA within the context of evidence-based behavioral management training (BMT) for caregivers, enhanced with mobile health (mHealth) behavior change strategies. Primary Objective: To evaluate the primary effects of a 9-week, family-based intervention (Lifestyle Enhancement for ADHD Program - LEAP) to promote PA in young children with ADHD Secondary: To evaluate secondary effects of the LEAP program on child ADHD symptoms and executive functioning

Study summary:

This is a randomized trial comparing the LEAP program to standard BMT for ADHD (without the enhanced focus on health behaviors, mHealth technology, or social media). Specifically, 80 families will be randomized to receive either LEAP or a standard BMT program based on Russell Barkley's Defiant Children intervention manual. Moderators (e.g., child sex, medication, BMI) and mediators (e.g., change in PA) will be analyzed as exploratory outcomes. Hypotheses being tested include: 1) LEAP will be successful in increasing PA in children with ADHD in the short-term and over a year, more so than standard BPT and 2) children randomized to LEAP will exhibit greater and more sustained improvement in clinical outcomes relative to standard BMT. If successful, the R33 phase will inform the development of a larger and longer, confirmatory trial.


Inclusion Criteria (child): - Age 6-10 years - ADHD diagnosis - CGI-S rating ranging from 4 to 7. - Child not wearing a wrist-worn activity tracker more than 50% of days in the past month Inclusion Criteria (caregiver): - One adult custodial caregiver (resides with the child at least 50% of the time) willing to participate in the study and complete baseline/follow-up measures - Caregiver able to complete forms in English - Caregiver owns a smart phone or similar Garmin compatible mobile device (e.g. iPod Touch) or willing to borrow iPod from study coordinators during the study period - Agree to install and share data from the Garmin smart phone app with investigators Inclusion Criteria (supplementary caregiver): - An additional caregiver designated by the participating caregiver who provides care for the participating child on at least one occasion every other week - Able to participate in one or more group sessions - Able to consent in English Exclusion Criteria (children): - - Younger than 6 years old or older than 10 years old - Do not meet criteria currently for ADHD diagnosis - Meet diagnostic criteria for psychiatric co-morbidities of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Mood Disorder, Psychotic Disorder, or Intellectual Disability (by history) - Per caregiver report, engage in >60 min/day of MVPA consistently for at least 5 days per week - Any physical or medical restrictions on PA - Child currently/previously used a wearable physical activity sensing device at least 50% of days in the past month Exclusion Criteria (caregiver): - Caregiver participated in an evidence-based parent behavior management training program (i.e., Incredible Years, Triple P, PCIT, Barkley's Defiant Child) in the past 24 months. Exclusion Criteria (supplementary caregiver): none



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Pooja Tandon, MD
Seattle Children's

Pooja Tandon, MD
Phone: 206-884-1130

Backup Contact:

Erin Gonzalez, PHD
Phone: 206-987-2161

Location Contact:

Seattle, Washington 98145
United States

Nguyen Tran

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: August 02, 2021

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