The journal, Clinical Pediatrics, published research on Play Attention in a controlled clinical trial. Naomi J. Steiner of Floating Hospital for Children, and Tufts Medical School, et al performed the research funded by grants from the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund and the Newton Schools Foundation. The results were very impressive.
Forty-one students enrolled and were randomly selected to participate in either Play Attention; or a computer based training system; or no intervention. The researchers used Play Attention’s Academic Bridge to insure transfer and generalization. Children in the computer game group were provided a full array of games for memory and attention.
Results: Of those students using Play Attention, primary parents reported significant (P < .05) change on all three Conners Rating Scales-R (CRS-R) and the two Behavior Assessment Scales for Children (BASC) subscales, and coparents reported change on the CRS-R Inattention scale and ADHD Index. Furthermore, behaviorally, the Play Attention group displayed a trend toward lower levels of observed off-task behaviors (P = .06). None of the other groups displayed this change.
The group size is small, so this research is considered preliminary. However, Play Attention’s significant results warranted follow up with a 19 school study with results to be published this fall.
Link to the article: http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/50/7/615.