ADD / ADHD, Web/Tech

Help for ADD

Help for ADD is a newsletter run by David Rabiner, Ph.D.  Senior Research Scientist, Duke University. The newsletter often has chunks of interesting information and the latest edition includes news of a study using Math Blaster software to help young children with ADHD.

"The results of this study suggest that [Computer Aided Instruction] CAI can be an effective and acceptable intervention for some elementary school students with ADHD who are having difficulty with math. Although not explicitly tested in this study, it is likely that the effectiveness of CAI in improving students’ calculation skills is related to the fact that it provides frequent and immediate reinforcement as the student works on the computer. In addition, CAI provides students with ‘increased opportunities to practice the targeted skills in the stimulating and individualized learning environment provided by software with a game format.’
Despite the positive findings reported in this study, there are several important limitations to keep in mind. First, and most importantly, this was a controlled case study that involved only 3 elementary school students. Thus, replicating these findings with a larger sample that includes an appropriate control group will be required to better understand the potential benefits of this approach for students with ADHD who are struggling in math

Task Engagement and Mathematics Performance in Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Effects of Supplemental Computer Instruction