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Monday, March 17, 2014

Study Shows Promise for Non-Medical ADHD Interventions

From Smart Kids with LD
via HealthDay News

March 10, 2014

Parents seeking non-pharmaceutical treatments for children with ADHD will be heartened by the results of a new study published recently in the journal Pediatrics.

According to a report on the Health Day Website, researchers at Tufts University have found that “children with ADHD may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention.” The process, known as neurofeedback, involves monitoring and giving feedback while a child is engaged in a particular activity.

The research involved 104 elementary school children with ADHD in the Boston area.

They received three 45-minute sessions per week of either neurofeedback training or cognitive attention training [computer games or activities to strengthen attention], while the control group received no treatment.

Six months later, the researchers followed up on the kids with parent questionnaires and classroom observations made by researchers who did not know which child had received which treatment.

The study showed that children in the neurofeedback group experienced “significant improvements in attention and executive function.” Those in the cognitive attention training group also showed improvement, but not as much as those in the group receiving neurofeedback.

While enthusiastic about the results of their study and the potential for neurofeedback to treat ADHD, the study’s authors agree further research is necessary to substantiate their findings.

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