COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a computer-based program may help relieve some symptoms among those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Study co-author Steven Beck at the Ohio State University in Columbus and colleagues say an intensive, five-week program on the computer helped relieve some ADHD symptoms.
The study, published in the November/December Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, found significant changes in attention, planning and organization, initiating tasks and working memory for those completing the program.
"This program really seemed to make a difference for many of the children with ADHD," Beck says in a statement. "It is not going to replace medication, but it could be a useful complementary therapy."
Beck and colleagues asked 52 students ages 7-17 at a private school for children with learning disabilities to use software developed by researchers at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and a Swedish company called Cogmed.
The software was designed to improve working memory -- the ability to hold on to information long enough to achieve a goal. This is an area of difficulty for children with ADHD.