Computerized Attention Training and Inattentive ADHD
My inattentive son has been doing a brain attention computer program called AttenGo this summer. He hates the program and reports that it is incredibly boring. I have watched the exercises and they do indeed appear to be very difficult to pay attention to but perhaps that is because we are both inattentive. I chose AttenGo because it cost only $300.00 vs. the $1500.00 that most of the other programs cost. I cannot say that I have seen much of a difference in his inattention but a difference would be difficult to gauge in the summer when he has very little to do besides whatever he wants to do.
Studies performed on the effects of brain training have mostly showed improvement in ADHD's inattentive symptoms but they have also shown that once you stop the training the improvements go away. Maybe the key is to just have adults and children with ADHD do 20 minutes of brain exercises daily.
These brain-training exercises have been shown to improve memory, IQ and concentration in people without ADHD as well. Maybe brain-training is a good idea of everyone!
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