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3 Memory Games That Build Focus with Fun

Attention is like a muscle — the more you practice using it, the stronger it grows. Use these three memory games to build focus in children and adults with ADHD.

Father and daughter with ADHD sitting on bench outside while working on improving memory, focus, and attention by playing on ipad
Father and daughter with ADHD sitting on bench outside while working on improving memory, focus, and attention by playing on ipad

Play Attention

Uses a high-tech armband to read brain signals indicative of focus and concentration. The brain signals control the action of Play Attention’s memory games, downloaded on to a home computer. The games teach a child to improve focus, ignore distractions, and become organized. Play Attention has the added benefit of “Master Educators,” personal consultants to help you or your child get the most out of the exercises.

SmartBrain Technologies

Converts home video or computer games into a neurofeedback device. The SmartBrain Technologies system, developed by NASA, includes a wireless, handheld game controller that receives brain wave signals from a headset worn by the player. When a player exhibits low-frequency patterns during, say, a car race at the track, his car slows and other cars pass him. His goal is to concentrate to produce higher-frequency brain waves to speed up the car.


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Cogmed Memory Training

Uses a web-based video game to improve attention and working memory. Controlled studies show that it works. A child might have to shoot down asteroids, dismantle dangerous “space mines,” or remember the sequence in which rows of lights turn on. Cogmed games are also geared to adults. In Depth: How Cogmed Working-Memory Training Works

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