Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What Is It?

 

ADHD is often diagnosed in children, but can be diagnosed in adulthood. ADHD makes it difficult for someone to pay attention to stimuli, information, and control impulses. Some people may fidget or experience high levels of energy.

 

ADHD can disrupt important areas of life, such as schooling or work. It can also have profound effects on social functioning and relationship maintenance, as people with ADHD can find it difficult to remember events, follow along in conversation, and engage with other people. Children with ADHD experience social and academic difficulties as their behaviors may be impulsive.  Teachers and peers may lack patience and understanding on how to best help. Adults with ADHD can have difficulty at work when multiple responsibilities and deadlines pile up.

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What Can Be Done for ADHD?

 

People with ADHD may take medication to help them focus during the day. Other treatment options include working with a clinical provider that has training on cognitive remediation. The therapist would focus on building strategies to maintain attention during tasks and help their client apply these strategies to everyday life.

 

How Can HappyNeuron Pro Be Part of Your Treatment Plan for Your Client with ADHD?

 

HappyNeuron Pro is designed to be used as a tool that provides stimulating  content to practice cognitive skills. With ADHD, working memory, attention, and executive functioning are compromised. Therapists can use HappyNeuron Pro exercises to build these areas of cognition with their clients and help them transfer strategies their clients use to complete exercises to their daily lives.

 

Some exercises we suggest for working with ADHD populations include:

Hurray For Change

 

This exercise is very similar to the Trail Making Test A & B. Clients will have to switch between numbers and letters or numbers and words. If clients make a mistake, they may have to start over from scratch depending on the level of difficulty set. This exercise is commonly used to work on executive functioning, but demands working memory and attention as well.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Hurray for change
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Hurray for change

Pay Attention!

 

While reviewing series of numbers and letters, clients must remember which items they saw and in which order they saw them in. This exercise can be used to build skills such as remembering a password or a telephone number.

Around the World in 80 Trips

 

While seeing sites at some premier travel destinations, clients must remember the names, images, and order in which eye-catching sites are visited.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Around the World in 80 Trips
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Objects, Where Are You?

Objects, Where are You?

 

Clients will have to pair objects and their location on a grid and later recall which objects were presented and their correct location.

Ancient Writing

 

In this exercise, clients are presented with characters from different languages. Clients must pay attention and use their working memory to distinguish which items they have seen and discriminate against items that do not belong.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Ancient Writing
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Two Timing

Two-Timing

 

Clients must try to maintain focus while engaging with visual and auditory stimuli.

Bird Songs

 

While listening to the songs of various birds, clients must remember the songs of the birds they have listened to and correctly pair each song with the corresponding bird.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Bird Songs
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise N-Back

N-Back

 

Clients will have to maintain focus while items are presented to them. When an item looks familiar, they will have to respond if it matches an item they have seen n-steps back.

In addition to these exercises, we provide more digital content that focuses on other domains of cognition such as Memory, Executive Function, Visual Memory, Processing Speed, Auditory Processing, and Verbal Memory. We provide over 45 exercises for you to keep your clients adequately challenged and engaged with their therapy.

Why Should I Use HappyNeuron Pro for My Client with ADHD?

 

ADHD is frustrating for patients, their loved ones, and people your patient interacts with in daily life. People with ADHD struggle to focus on tasks and can get easily confused or overwhelmed when an array of information is presented to them. Keeping track of appointments, social events, and due dates for work or school projects can become very difficult when executive function and attention deficits are present.

 

You can use HappyNeuron Pro to assist your patient on building organizational skills, memory, and step-by-step processing. These skills are key as people with ADHD have difficulty finishing tasks, thoughts, and actions which can cause them to miss information that is relevant to them and their situation. By designing a workout plan that incorporates executive function, visual attention, verbal memory, visual memory, and auditory memory, you can help your patient strengthen these skills and guide them in applying them to everyday life.

 

HappyNeuron Pro is friendly for adults and children, as both age groups are affected by ADHD. HappyNeuron Pro provides a stimulating platform that can be used on tablets, laptops, and desktops. The display of exercises and touchscreen compatibility make it an ideal tool for tech-savvy teens to aging populations who have not engaged with technology.

 

To see how we can be integrated into your practice and assist your clinicians working with clients diagnosed with ADHD, take time to complete our 15 Day Free Trial. You are able to access all of our digital content, as well as our free resources for additional material to use during your therapy sessions with your clients. If you are a researcher, please contact us about using our software for your research study.

Page last updated on Jan 10,2020

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