Answers: Frequently Asked Questions
How does Play Attention work?
Scientific research has demonstrated that the brain is adaptable and capable of learning throughout life. This is termed neuroplasticity. Play Attention allows the user to view the attentive state in real-time. Over time, through deliberate practice, Play Attention students can learn to increase focus and concentration. Deliberate practice entails setting goals to improve skill performance. The interactive exercises also challenge Play Attention students to improve memory, finishing tasks, visual tracking, and filtering out distractions. Gradually, even ADHD students can retain the skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, work, and home.
When will we start seeing results?
Typically within the first 30 days, minor changes will appear. These may include better listening skills, beginning homework on one’s own, or staying more organized. It is important to understand that these are significant positive leaps forward for ADHD students and must be rewarded/reinforced so that they are likely to be repeated.
Is it neurofeedback or biofeedback?
Play Attention is not clinical neuro or bio feedback. Neurofeedback is based on the theory that ADHD persons have disregulated brainwave patterns. Neurofeedback practitioners contend that normalizing these abnormal brainwave patterns can eliminate ADHD symptoms. Play Attention does not strive to change brainwave patterns. Changing brainwave patterns does not insure that one can become more organized, have better short-term memory, ignore distractions, or even balance one’s check book in a normal amount of time. These are skills that must be learned and do not automatically appear after neurofeedback training. Play Attention teaches these skills and insures transfer to the workplace and classroom.
Can I take my child off medication?
You decided to place your child on medication with a healthcare provider. Use of medication is a medical decision and must be decided under advisement of your healthcare provider. It is important to realize that medication does not teach skills or behaviors. Play Attention is an educational skill building tool that also teaches students to improve behaviors. Once these skills are learned, frequently the need for medication greatly diminishes. However, you must discuss the matter with your healthcare provider regarding changes to medication or any medical issues.
Will Play Attention help my child make friends?
Parents often clearly understand that ADHD impairs their child’s ability to make lasting friendships. Poor social skills are closely intertwined with attention problems. Play Attention has a great Social Skills program that teaches social cues and increases self-esteem. Play Attention is a wonderful tool to help build lasting friendships.
How will Play Attention help me at work or school?
Conservatively, 5% to 7% of all children have ADHD. Roughly 60% to 70% of those children will carry their attention problems into adulthood. The inability to finish assignments, stay organized, remember things, or become easily distracted follow children into adulthood where it’s estimated billions of dollars are lost due to these problems. Play Attention teaches organization, improves memory, trains you to complete tasks and become less distracted. These skills are vitally important success at either school or the workplace. Additionally, we have the Academic Bridge that teaches you how to finish homework or balance your checkbook in appropriate times. This superior tool is a tremendous asset when learning to complete tasks vitally important to success at work or school.