Neurofeedback increases motor coordination in children with ADHD

A study published  in August 2018 by Urmia University examined whether neurofeedback could improve motor skills in children with Adhd.  Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have been shown to have poor motor control, especially in bimanual coordination tasks. Such children characteristically have impaired fine motor ability, problems with force control, and poor motor coordination. 20 children with ADHD were randomly assigned either to neurofeedback training (NFT) or to a control condition. NFT consisted of Sensory Motor Rhythm (SMR) training to achieve increased SMR in C3 and C4, while participants in the control condition were under mock NFT conditions. Compared to the control condition, the NFT group had fewer errors in  coordination . Among children with ADHD, SMR neurofeedback training (NFT) led to significant improvements in a bimanual coordination task. The SMR NFT thus appears to have the potential to improve and enhance the motor control of ADHD patients. This study shows therefore not only promising results of improving attention skills in children with ADHD (as shown in numerous other studies), but also in targeting other neurological based skills such as motor coordination. It would be intriguing to see whether these results could also be seen in children with other motor disorders such as dyspraxia.

 

Norouzi, E., Hossieni, F., & Solymani, M. (2018). Effects of neurofeedback training on performing bimanual coordination in-phase and anti-phase patterns in children with ADHD. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10484-018-9408-2