ADHD Medication and Treatment Reviews

Play Attention

What is it Play Attention?

Play Attention is a computer-based attention-training system that measures brain activity using an arm band, and provides visual and auditory feedback in a game-like environment designed to hone certain skills.

How does Play Attention work?

The game on the screen responds to the participant’s attentive state, rather than to a mouse click or joystick command. To perform well on challenges and advance in the game, users must focus consistently during their one-hour weekly sessions, strengthening their attention skills in one-hour weekly sessions with practice. Players receive motivating rewards after completing challenges, and a calendar feature allows them to schedule sessions and track progress.

Who is Play Attention for?

Students who want to improve their attention span in school, or adults who have difficulty concentrating at work.

How much does Play Attention cost?

Prices vary for professional and personal use. Request a quote by calling 1-800-788-6786.

What studies have been done on Play Attention?

Three randomized, controlled studies in Boston public schools conducted by Tufts University School of Medicine found that students who used Play Attention had greater improvements in attention, hyperactivity, and executive functioning than students who used cognitive training programs, commonly known as brain games, and that those results persisted over time.

Where can I learn more about Play Attention?

Play Attention can be played in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, French, Turkish, or Russian. Learn more at


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  1. We are using a program which we found thru this site called PlayAttention. My tyke is five and we just felt he was too young for medication and we are having total success. I was going to home school him but he is doing so well I put him in the public system and it’s great. He shares, has “fiends”, he has a problem with his “r”s and has even had sleep overs and by the way I learned through using this program that he loves to fish and is a very creative writer! We are also using the ADHD Nanny program which has helped tremendously as well. Cheers hope this helps. My motto: We Can Change Our Minds! Oh, and he is performing at his age level an issue we were concerned about. The program is for all ages, including adults. I use Play Attention and so does my husband.

  2. I have had ADHD for 60 years now. It has affected my life in virtually all aspects. I have tried like most of you most medications. These medications had side effects from mood swings, not sleeping to not being able to urinate. Not good. I have spent thousands on other therapies ranging from talk therapy, mediation, and cognitive training. They just did not address my main problem of being impulsive which created the problems which I associate with ADHD. Poor attention, ability to focus, poor memory, failed marriage (communication issues) and issues with trying to self-medicate my challenges. It was not until I was 57 did I find Play Attention and it literally changed my life. Being a computer technician for 18 years my world is fairly black and white. If it works, why and test it again to see if it was something else causing a result. After using the program for 2 months I went from dialing a phone 2 digits at a time (sheet of paper to phone back to sheet of paper), to looking at a 7 digit number and dialing it, with 90+% accuracy rate! That was not possible earlier in life at all. I also had results in staying on task, being less impulsive, improving my social skills. All of which has helped my life be calmer and filled with more joy. Even my wife commented on these changes, this was a good thing! In short because of the true neurofeedback and the great cognitive training programs I have learned SPECIFIC skills that address my SPECIFIC challenges. People with ADHD are generally very smart people but lack specific skills, this system brings trains this. This program is used by professionals and at home as well. It is used by “normal” people who just want to hone their skills for peak performance. It comes with a lifetime support advisor who will help you reach your goals. You own the system with a one-time purchase and you can load the software on multiple computers to be used at a SCHEDULE that is good for you, in your home. That alone is great but the best thing is that this has changed my life. I highly suggest you check out their website/call them to see if it is a fit for your home or office. My only regret is that I did not start sooner. My life would have been much different. I also recently had a bicycle accident and hit hard. I broke 3 ribs and having a helmet saved my life. I had what I would call a concussion where my “marbles” were not doing well. I used the system and it helped me address these challenges in my recovery period as well. This program is also used in TBI, dementia, and autism as well. That’s my experience, I wish the same for your family.

  3. One more thing I would like to share for those seeking to address the challenges of diffused attention caused by impulsivity. The pharmaceutical industry pours billions of dollars out in advertising to market their products. In my 60 years of what I learned medications can set the stage for learning, but they will NEVER teach a skill. Even the pharma companies agree to this. ADHD is a challenge that is addressed by teaching specific skills that address specific challenges. That is key to addressing the problem.

  4. While the idea of Play Attention is appealing, the company seems to care little about its effectiveness. They have a very slick marketing machine and take great effort to appear to care during 30 day return window. After that, they ignore or berate you. I guess it makes sense, they are not looking for repeat customers and prey (predominantly) on desperate parents. Maybe it works for some people, but if you have questions or concerns about its implementation, they really just want to make sure you go away. Given the price point and sensitivities around the consequences of getting things wrong in coaching a child with difficulties, one would hope they cared more about outcomes. Then again, it’s .com, not a .org so I guess buyer beware.

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