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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Study: Computer Activities to Improve ADHD Behaviors Do Not Deliver

From Smart Kids with LD

February 3, 2014

Research findings recently published in Clinical Psychology Review raise significant questions about the value of popular computer-based training programs aimed at improving behavior for children with ADHD.

The study, undertaken by researchers at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education’s Children’s Learning Clinic and colleagues at the University of Central Florida, involved a systematic review of 25 studies that looked at cognitive training programs that use computer activities to help children improve the brain functions thought to be associated with ADHD.

According to an article on the Medical Xpress website, the study found that these programs “do not deliver on their intent.”

Simply put by researcher Michel Kofler, assistant professor and director of the UVA clinic, “We found that these treatments are not effective for treating children with ADHD. They don’t improve ADHD symptoms or behavior, they don’t improve academic achievement, and in many cases do not improve the cognitive functions they claim to target.”

Kofler suggests the findings from this study serve as a caution to those who “are currently spending thousands of dollars (on these types of programs) in hopes of getting help for their children.”

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