Inattentive ADHD and Cognitive Software
My youngest son has almost completed the first Fast ForWord program and I am springing for the second half of the program, which he will do over the summer, though it is costing me a small fortune. I have been looking into cognitive processing software for my older son and it turns out that there are like a million variations to choose from.
From my research, the Neurobiofeedback program that is called Play Attention has had some pretty sound studies done on its cognitive effects and it seems to work well to increase concentration, attention, focus, etc.
This program costs about $1700.00 but there is a site that I found where you may be able to find the software, helmet, etc used. The Play Attention company will offer support even if you buy the game used. There is also someone selling one on Ebay for $900.00. the link is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Play-Attention-Learning-System-Age-6-Adult-ADHD-PDD-/110538591279?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bc9d0c2f#ht_769wt_912. I may buy it if you don't.
Captain Log is not a neuro-feedback program it is a cognitive strengthening program like Cogmed. It consists of games that are played to strengthen memory, focus, executive function, etc. This program as well as the Brain Train program that is made by the same company has a good track record as far as studies indicating a benefit to the program. No tests have been done, as far as I know, on the long term benefits of Captain Log training.
Cogmed is another brain training, non-biofeedback program. It trains executive functioning, memory, visual attention, etc, etc. It has a good record of improving attention but you have to continue to do the program to continue to see benefits. The benefits 6 months after finishing the program are not as solidly seen as the benefits seen after Fast ForWord or Play Attention.
A great list of all the available software is at this link: http://www.foundationforlearning.info/Cognitive-Training-Devices.pdf . Beware!! This is just a list with a description of what these developers say about their programs and with check marks next to what the programs claims to achieve. Most of these programs have not been studied at all so the claims that they are making are nothing but claims.
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