Can a videogame improve symptoms of ADHD? According to a company developing the video treatment, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder showed a reduction of symptoms after playing a videogame for 30 minutes a day, instead of taking a pill.
In recent decades, diagnoses for ADHD have risen. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.5 percent of American children ages 3-17 were diagnosed with the condition.
Results were presented at the American Academy of child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 62nd annual meeting. There were 80 children in the pilot study between the ages of eight and twelve. Half of them had ADHD. Researchers reported that the children showed improved levels of attention and working memory, and some ratings of symptoms by parents also rose.
Aliki Interactive Labs is the company developing the game, which may be used in a combination with medication pending filing with the FDA.