Brain Training Goes to School (WebMD):
“Kristy Lea was searching for a way to help her 5‑year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve medication as a last resort…Increasingly, therapists, school systems, and parents are turning to brain-training games to help children with learning challenges.
“If you look at the [scientific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Some studies say they’ve found something significant, while other studies say they didn’t find anything,” says Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD. He’s the director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute in New York.
Results may vary greatly in part because the success of the programs can depend on the individual child.
“You want to be careful. I’d judge it specifically by the case,” Milham says. “The thing with ADHD is if you give [kids] a task they can’t do, you could really discourage the child. If you have the wrong child doing this, you can wind up with some opposition or frustration. This may be well-suited [to some] but not necessarily everyone.”
Age, personality differences, and even biological differences could impact how much a person benefits from working memory training.”