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Computer Feedback Provides Lasting Benefits for Students with ADHD

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Neuro-feedback can contribute to lasting improvements for children with ADHD. Could this type of training help your child?
Air Date: 2/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Andrew Adesman, MD
Andrew Adesman 2012Dr. Adesman is Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Adesman received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also completed a Fellowship in Child Development and Rehabilitation at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to Board certification in Pediatrics, Dr. Adesman is Board certified in Neuro-developmental Disabilities and also Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Adesman has authored many research and review articles on developmental disorders in children, and most recently, is the author of a new book focusing on common parenting myths, BabyFacts: The Truth about Your Child's Health from Newborn through Preschool. He also co-authored a book on adoptive parenting: Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family.

Dr. Adesman has been repeatedly included in the book, How To Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area and is repeatedly listed in New York Magazine's list of "Best Doctors in New York."
Computer Feedback Provides Lasting Benefits for Students with ADHD
According to a study in the March 2014 issue of Pediatrics, when neuro-feedback is used on children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can contribute to lasting improvements.

Neuro-feedback consists of giving immediate feedback (both audio and visual) to individuals regarding their attention as they practice focusing.

This technique trains users to monitor and change their brainwave patterns in ways that can improve their attention and executive functioning (a set of skills related to learning and academic achievement).

In this particular study, the researchers looked at 102 children and compared their attention and executive functioning after two types of computer training: neuro-feedback and cognitive training.

These students were compared to students who had no computer training for the study.

Compared to the subjects with no computer training, the children using both types of training had better results in certain areas of attention and learning six months later.

The group using neuro-feedback showed significant improvements in more areas and to a greater degree than those who received cognitive training.

This is the first large randomized controlled trial to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of in-school computer training for ADHD, and the authors identify future research steps to advance this type of brain development.

Can this type of "training" help your ADHD child? Join Dr. Andrew Adesman to learn how you can incorporate this technique with your kid, and potentially see dramatic results.
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