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ERIC Number: ED519007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
Preliminary Analysis of a Randomized Trial of Computer Attention Training in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Steiner, N.; Sidhu, T. K.; Frenette, E. C.; Mitchell, K.; Perrin, E. C.
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Clinically significant attention problems among children present a significant obstacle to increasing student achievement. Computer-based attention training holds great promise as a way for schools to address this problem. The aim of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of two computer-based attention training systems in schools. One program uses neurofeedback (NFB) to train children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to focus on a task, and the other uses a Standard Computer Format (SCF) for cognitive retraining. The authors hypothesize that 1) both treatments will result in improvement in ADHD symptoms compared to a control condition; and 2) both treatments will result in improvement in academic outcomes compared to a control condition. This research is on-going and takes place in 19 elementary schools that accepted to participate in the project. The schools are part of two school systems in the greater Boston area. The authors' preliminary data from this four-year study evaluating the efficacy of two computer-based attention training systems in schools shows significant results as well as promising trends. As this is a preliminary analysis of preliminary data they have not addressed all of the study's aims and have not yet compared data between the three intervention groups. Teacher report of ADHD symptoms, math achievement by students, and objective classroom observations for their first wave were analyzed. The authors' preliminary data on these outcome measures suggest that computer-based attention training programs offered in an elementary school setting may be effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD and improved math achievement. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts