A novel intervention for the treatment of ADHD in children

Lee, A., Choo, C., Lee, T., Guan, C.T., and Lim, C.G. (2017) A novel intervention for the treatment of ADHD in children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51(S1). p. 105.

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Background: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health disorders in children. Limitations of behavioural interventions and pharmacological treatment have led to the development of other novel interventions. Neurofeedback has shown promise in improving not only inattention symptoms but also impulsivity/hyperactivity symptoms. A feed-forward mechanism has been proposed to be more feasible in the treatment of ADHD as it trains individuals to harness their ability to pay attention and also shows promise in improving impulsivity symptoms.

Objectives: The aim of the current study is to investigate the impact of a novel intervention using (feed-forward) brain-to-computer interface (BCI) technology on an objective measure of attention and impulsivity in children with ADHD.

Methods: A total of 172 children aged 6 to 12 years (mean = 8.63, standard deviation = 1.51) with a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, inattentive or combined subtype were recruited. Participants were randomized into the waitlist-control or intervention group. Participants in the intervention group underwent 24 sessions of brain-to-computer interface technology (BCI) intervention over a period of 8 weeks, whereas participants in the control group did not receive any intervention. The Conners’ Continuous Performance Test, second edition (CPT-II) was administered to the participants before and after the treatment.

Findings: Analysis was conducted for the intervention and control groups at weeks 1 and 8.Conclusions: Results will be discussed with a view to inform future research.

Item ID: 48978
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1440-1614
Keywords: ADHD, children, intervention
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 22:29
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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