Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder or ADHD is a parent’s worst nightmare as children enter school ages. The FDA just approved the first prescription video game — it’s for kids with ADHD. This is a totally new treatment method for use with or without current medicines.
The game was built by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs suggests evidence that it may improve attention function. Called Endeavor/Rx, requires a prescription and is designed for children ages 8 to 12 with certain symptoms of ADHD. It’s the first time the FDA has cleared a digital therapy for improving ADHD symptoms, and the first time the agency has ever authorized marketing of a game-based therapy for any condition.
During game development and research it was called Project EVO, and earned awards as a combination of a daily planner and intelligent mobile app. The system is personalized to YOU and specifically designed around how your Brain Type™ naturally works so you can achieve more flow and thrive.
As part of the Sensory Neurodevelopment & Autism Program, Endeavor/Rx demonstrated success with ADHD subjects. Experimental conclusions observed: “In the randomized, controlled trial of 348 children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, AKL-T01 showed a statistically significant improvement compared to an active control (p=0.006) on the predefined primary endpoint, a change in the Attention Performance Index (API), a composite score from the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®). The T.O.V.A.® is an objective measure of sustained attention and inhibitory control. AKL-T01 was shown to be safe in this study, with no serious adverse events observed.”
The Project Evo game requires children to multi-task by switching between a memory-based task and a visuomotor task. The first requires players to tap the screen to choose a target from a few options, for example, a blue fish as the target with red and yellow fish as distractions, according to the paper. The second task consists of steering a hovercraft along a river. The game’s difficulty increases as the child progresses.
While I normally suspect reliability of studies with 348 people, Endeavor/Rx did get approval from the FDA as a valid treatment for ADHD with Autism. Will health insurance pay for it? You may find a very good guide to Evolution/Rx foundation on Amazon online.
Medical drugs and alchemy supplements may help ADHD quickly but side-effects may be more dangerous than what you want to treat. Consult nutritionists.
We live in an APP happy world and “smart” digital therapy tech is very available. Our bodies are magicians and have innate properties for healing. Evolution/Rx may be a game, a first of many, to help conquer many ADHD symptoms toward a better future lifestyle for those with ADHD diagnoses and parents.