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

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

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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy*
  • Attention*
  • Child
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Faculty
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurofeedback / methods*
  • Parents
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Schools
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome