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Omega 3/6 for reading and writing skill development

Participants: Mats Johnson, Gunnar Fransson, Sven Östlund & Christopher Gillberg.

Background: This is a follow-up study based on the findings from our previous study (Omega-3/Omega-6 Fatty Acids for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder/ADHD), in which especially children with comorbid ADHD and reading and writing difficulties appeared to benefit from omega 3/6 supplementation.

Methods: The trial examines whether omega 3/6 fatty acids (eye q) can improve reading ability for mainstream schoolchildren, including 150 schoolchildren 9-11 years old, in a 3-month, randomized, placebo-controlled trial with one-way crossover design into a 3-month open phase with Omega 3/6 for all. The main outcome measure is a computer based test (LOGOS) performed at 0, 3 and 6 months, measuring reading ability, including word, reading and listening comprehension, working memory etc.

Results: The findings are currently being analysed (Oct 2012). Reading difficulties are common in children with attention problems or ADHD, and it is possible that attention difficulties can be improved by omega 3/6 treatment. Secondary outcome measures are ratings of ADHD symptoms with the investigator-rated ADHD Rating Scale – IV at the same time points, and also the parent-rated 5-15 scale (domains for memory, learning, language/communication and problem solving) and the Social Cognition Scale.

 

Page Manager: Anna Spyrou|Last update: 1/15/2013
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