Published by By Mary Brophy Marcus, HealthDay Reporter, February 17, 2014
New research suggests that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention.
The study involved 104 elementary school children with ADHD who were randomly assigned to one of three groups: a brain-wave monitoring (“neurofeedback”) group; a cognitive attention training group; and a “control” group.
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The students attended one of 19 public elementary schools in the greater Boston area. They received three 45-minute sessions per week of either neurofeedback training or cognitive attention training, 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.
Neurofeedback involves measuring and giving feedback on a child’s brain wave activity while the child “plays” or focuses on a computer game revolving around attention activities. The child is asked to try to focus every time feedback information indicates that attention is wavering.
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