** SOAR - Specialized summer programs for children and teens with ADHD
** Recent issue of Attention Research Update now on the web - If you missed the April issue of Attention Research Update on a new study of diet and ADHD you can now find it on the web. The effect of diet on ADHD symptoms is a topic that many have great interest in, and this study represents a strong addition to the literature on this issue.
** Research on Cogmed Working Memory Training - Review a summary of published studies on this intensive training program to improve working memory and attention.
** Collection of all past issues of Attention Research Update - Nearly 200 studies for you to review.
** Request a Complementary Copy ADHD Treatment Monitoring Program - Help track your child's progress!
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David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Durham, NC 27708
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** ** Recent Issue Posted - New Findings on Diet and ADHD: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial **
If you missed the April issue of Attention Research Update, it is now available on the web.
In this issue I reviewed a recently published study that carefully examines the relationship between diet and ADHD. The role of dietary factors in children's ADHD symptoms has been a hotly debated issue for many years. Although the connection between diet and ADHD has been examined in a number of studies, important questions about the strength of this connection remain. The study reviewed in the April issue provides new data on this contentious topic and I believe you will find the results to be of interest.
You can find the article at www.helpforadd.com/2011/april.htm
** Sponsor's Message from Cogmed **
** Cogmed Working Memory Training: A research supported, non-medical training approach to help children and adults with attention and working memory difficulties **
Working memory refers to the ability to hold and manipulate information in mind for subsequent use and is an important cognitive skill for attention and learning. Many people with ADHD have problems with working memory and this is now regarded as an important component of the disorder by a number of prominent researchers.
Cogmed has introduced a computer-training program to improve attention and working memory for individuals across a broad age span. This program has substantial research support which you can review at www.cogmedresearch.com.
The studies posted include several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, studies documenting changes in brain activity following training, and evaluations of Cogmed training by scientists with no affiliation to Cogmed. I believe you will find the review of this research to be quite interesting.
A directory of professionals who offer Cogmed Working Memory Training can be found here.
Note - I do not endorse any specific intervention or service for ADHD as decisions about the most appropriate treatment for any child are best made by parents in consultation with their child's health care provider. However, I believe you will find the information on this new, non-medical approach to helping children and adults with attention difficulties - including those with ADHD - to be interesting and encourage you to learn more about it.
** Prior Issues of Attention Research Update - Nearly 200 studies for you to review. **
You can also access all back issues of Attention Research Update at www.helpforadd.com/archives.htm.
All back issues are archived by year with a contents page for each year. This allows you to scroll through and locate studies you may have missed that would be of particular interest to you. You will find detailed reviews of nearly 200 studies to browse through.
** Request a Complimentary Copy of the ADHD Monitoring System **
Careful, ongoing treatment monitoring is extremely important for promoting the success of children with ADHD, and the ADHD Monitoring System will help you to accomplish this task. You can access and print a complementary copy at www.helpforadd.com/monitor.pdf
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If you are not already using this tool, I believe you will find it to be quite useful.
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