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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Jul;50(7):615-22. doi: 10.1177/0009922810397887. Epub 2011 May 10.

Computer-based attention training in the schools for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a preliminary trial.

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Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, USA. nsteiner@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the efficacy of 2 computer-based training systems to teach children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to attend more effectively.

DESIGN/METHODS:

A total of 41 children with ADHD from 2 middle schools were randomly assigned to receive 2 sessions a week at school of either neurofeedback (NF) or attention training through a standard computer format (SCF), either immediately or after a 6-month wait (waitlist control group). Parents, children, and teachers completed questionnaires pre- and postintervention.

RESULTS:

Primary parents in the NF condition reported significant (P < .05) change on Conners's Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R) and Behavior Assessment Scales for Children (BASC) subscales; and in the SCF condition, they reported significant (P < .05) change on the CRS-R Inattention scale and ADHD index, the BASC Attention Problems Scale, and on the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF).

CONCLUSION:

This randomized control trial provides preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of computer-based interventions for ADHD and supports the feasibility of offering them in a school setting.

PMID:
21561933
DOI:
10.1177/0009922810397887
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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