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A Boston- and San Francisco-based company is has created the medical equivalent of nutritious snack cakes for children with ADHD.
Akili Interactive has developed a new video game that delivers sensory and motor stimuli that are engineered to treat ADHD.
So how does it work? Well, the player maneuvers an avatar down a fast-moving river. As obstacles pop up, they must quickly choose whether to tap, catch, or avoid them.
According to the company CEO and founder Eddie Martucci, "It’s tailored in a personalized fashion to push the bounds of the frontal processing system of the brain dealing with complex information.”
The results? The trials showed improvements in cognition, symptoms, and daily functioning.
This game is in the process of getting FDA approval - which means that doctors will be able to prescribe it like medicine.
Why is this so important? Well, many parents are concerned about medicating their children who have been diagnosed with ADHD with traditional medications. Unlike those more traditional drugs, this new product is a “medicine” that has no serious side effects, adapts to patients' functioning in real time, and is FUN to take. And according to Martucci, drugs for ADHD aren't necessarily the best answer. He notes that “some chunk of the population can't take pharmacology, and another chunk of patients just refuses. They don't want to go on traditional medication with these conditions."
This game is in the process of getting FDA approval - which means that doctors will be able to prescribe it like medicine as early as next year.
For more information on ADHD, check out our original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with Dr. Domenick Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.