What are brain games, and are they good for your ADHD child?
Have you noticed this – your highly fidgety, forgetful, scattered and impulsive child (who is also, by the way, diagnosed with ADHD) sits down in front of a computer game and turns into a hyper-focused whizz – manipulating multiple buttons, commands and characters on-screen as she charges through the game, level after level?
One of the more interesting and controversial subjects concerning children with attention problems is the possible effect of today’s super-fast and complex technology on their already overwhelmed and still growing brains.
Computer Games vs. Brain Games
It’s important to distinguish between regular computer games, regular brain teasers, and brain games designed to treat cognitive disorders and difficulties.
Computer games – like those described above – are designed to over-stimulate children’s brains, hooking them on the adrenaline of an endless stream of music, animations, options, characters and events. To an ADHD child, this is particularly seductive as this level of stimulation over-compensates their brain’s natural state of low-functioning activity.
However, it is this kind of over-stimulation that is considered to be potentially damaging for children with ADHD. Keep such activities to a minimum dosage –no more than one hour a day.
Brain games, on the other hand, work with a different goal in mind. Brain games belong to a unique category of games, called “serious games” – which are games that are designed to achieve goals of health, rehabilitation, learning or other kinds of ‘serious goals’, in a fun or challenging way.
Growing Evidence for Brain Games for ADHD
Starting from what is now considered to be a land-mark study in Helsinki, research into the neuroplasticity of the human brain is continuing to grow. Despite some initial controversy as to whether alternative ADHD treatment – cognitive training – is effective or not – more and more researchers are starting to take the concept of brain games seriously.
Brain games, when designed with proper scientific backing, can target and strengthen specific cognitive abilities. This is what makes the difference in a program such as AttenGo’s neuro-cognitive brain games.
Neuro-cognitive brain games have been empirically tested to affect the pre-frontal cortex of the brain – stimulating, challenging and strengthening attention, concentration and memory in ways that enable ADHD children to discover and enjoy their full potential!