New Technologies for ADHD

Written by: Dr. Kazuhiro Tajima Pozo
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Children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are attributed impulsive behavior, excessive activity and lack of attention. These symptoms are typical of ADHD and are responsible for school failure and social problems suffered by children. In order to help them comes the ADHD Trainer , a mobile application aimed at enhancing their cognitive capacity through a series of exercises of a playful nature.

The TCT Method (Tajima Cognitive Training) tries to develop a daily cognitive training focusing on improving the cognitive areas and without being perceived by the user as an exercise or a therapy, but rather as a game.

It is an application for tablets or mobile phones from Apple and Android aimed at children with ADHD , aged between 4 and 12 years. Users can use the application on their own, or as part of a controlled therapy. The most therapeutic part, so to speak, is that which consists of a daily mode, where 3 exercises are selected to be performed daily. In free mode, the child can choose between 14 different cognitive "games". In this way, it is possible to carry out a cognitive training at any place and time of the day.

Fun and motivation

One of the main problems that arise in people with cognitive impairment is usually the lack of consistency when developing tasks that require a sustained mental effort. The TCT method generates an increase in motivation in patients compared to other traditional methods of stimulation. By improving motivation and being conceived as a playful exercise, the constancy in the performance of the exercises is improved.

Nowadays, all children easily interact with new technologies and in the case of children with ADHD they usually avoid those cognitive tasks that require mental effort, so by improving the motivation and being conceived by the child as "a video game "Constancy in the performance of cognitive exercises is improved. At the same time, the desire to overcome children, through individualized records, and scores based on own results and percentiles of other users can increase the child's motivation.

A complementary therapy

ADHD Trainer, aims to be a supportive therapeutic tool and complementary to any other pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment in ADHD. Parents should know that the treatment of ADHD must be performed by a professional in the field, and that pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment are the cornerstones of this disorder.

Cognitive stimulation is a common measure for cognitive rehabilitation that is used in neurological and psychiatric conditions in order to recover, normalize and improve cognitive functioning and, although it is aimed at those people with some cognitive impairment, this type of training can benefit any other person, as long as you personalize each case.

 

 

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Dr. Kazuhiro Tajima Pozo

By Dr. Kazuhiro Tajima Pozo
Psychiatry

Pioneer psychiatrist with a group of collaborators of telematic methods for psychiatric care at a distance, specialist personality disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse and hyperactivity in children and adolescents. He works as a teacher in the academy AMIR studies and teaches as an expert on attention deficit disorder and Emergency Mental Health, University of Alcala de Henares.

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