Play Attention Success!

Many thousands of people use Play Attention across the globe.  We are always excited to speak with our Play Attention families and professionals to hear of their successes. We invite you to read these inspirational stories of hope, new found happiness, and success! We have launched this section on our website called Success Stories to provide a voice and face to real people making positive changes in their lives through Play Attention. Be certain to visit this page often as we will feature a new success story each month.

A letter from adult client, Steve, “My wife and I have noticed a significant change in my behavior and attitude in life for the better.”

All my life I have had the symptoms of ADHD. Issues like not being able to stay on task, difficulty completing things, trouble paying and sustaining attention to details, procrastination, disorganized activity structure, (living life like a game of pinball), forgetfulness, impulsivity, easily distracted by basically anything. Though I liked the attention of being the class clown in school, I had difficulty with following the rules in social situations and staying on track with current conversations. I have experimented with drugs in the hope that they would make me feel calmer and more “normal”, but no pharmaceutical on or off the market worked for me, and I wasted a ton of time and money. Because of this, I suspect that my body metabolizes things differently from other people. Drugs aside, I went to counseling and found it to be beneficial and insightful, but it did not address the...

From failing to college bound!

I would like to share my experiences as a program manager using Play Attention with one of the teenagers that came to my clinic.

As an ADD kid, Fatima was failing ten subjects in her senior year of high school, which was a bilingual private catholic school with small class groups. In El Salvador, bilingual schools are required to run the programs in both English and in Spanish in some areas, and because of this, children often feel a heavy load on their shoulders. Fatima had failed to pass Math and was having several problems coping with other subjects. Her parents asked for help, since Fatima’s last report card showed that she was underachieving in nine additional subjects and was jeopardizing her high school graduation.

The Play Attention program enabled her to increase her attention span and improve her cognitive skills enough to complete academic tasks necessary to raise her...

Better grades, more confidence, and better test results!

Yosef felt discouraged.  His family had moved overseas at a crucial time in his young life.  Now in high school, Yosef was finding his adjustment to learning in a foreign country to be challenging at best.  Although his parents had taken care to enroll him in an English-language school, mastering a new system of matriculation exams was overwhelming.  Yosef had always had trouble concentrating in class, and feared he would fall behind.

Sue, Yosef’s mother, describes Yosef’s struggles:

“Before we found the school he’s in now, he was first in a school that didn’t spot any difficulty even though Yosef was struggling.  The second school had no patience for him and suggested we look for a different school for Yosef.  No matter which school though, Yosef would come home each day feeling extremely frustrated.  At times he would complain bitterly about his...

Kayla made the honor roll!

From Kayla’s mother, Sonja:

From a very early age, our oldest child Kayla seemed to have trouble concentrating.  She was always very bright, and a fast learner, but anything could distract her. Her train of thought would jump from one thing to another so fast and so frequently, that sometimes it was hard to understand her.

When Kayla got to kindergarten, this became a real problem. When it came time to sit down and do her school work, she just couldn’t.  Again, we’re talking about a really smart little girl!  But if the assignment was boring, it was so hard for her to focus on it that she would get frustrated and even start crying.

It go so bad that her kindergarten teacher was sending us emails at least once a week, and we could certainly sympathize with her, since we experienced the same thing at night when we tried to do homework with Kayla.

Given Kayla’s age, we...

No, Don’t believe in me!

Pat and Jerry  have been seeking outside support for their son, Peter, since he began the educational system. With a diagnosis of ADHD and learning challenges in 2nd grade and oppositional defiance by 7th grade, school became a perfect place for Peter to use his bully protection to avoid the pain of academic failure. In other words, if he got into trouble with his behavior, others might not notice that he had no idea what was being asked of him academically or socially. Peter bullied others to avoid feeling discarded. “I like my anger, because others won’t mess with me.”

Peter’s parents were strongly committed to doing whatever they could to help Peter feel better about himself. Education was easy for them and their older daughter, so they did what they knew best, work hard to increase his academic skills and he will feel better about himself. The harder the work the more his...

Brody’s Story

Joyce Bowen’s son Brody always seemed to be on the go. Even as a baby, he seldom slept for more than five hours a day, and his rambunctiousness only grew as he got older. Soon, Joyce felt as if she were spending more time disciplining Brody than playing with him.

When Brody was old enough to go to school, Joyce began to receive telephone calls from his teachers. Brody was being disruptive, and he just couldn’t sit still in class. On one occasion, Joyce was informed that her son had hit a fellow student.

In addition, Brody’s grades were consistently low, but it wasn’t because of intelligence.

“He’s such a bright child,” one teacher confessed to Janice, “Smart as a whip! It’s just that he doesn’t finish anything. Sometimes he doesn’t even bring his assignments back, almost as if he forgot.”

These difficulties followed Brody home, simple...