Play Attention Success!

Many thousands of people use Play Attention across the globe.  We are always excited to speak with our Play Attention families and professionals to hear of their successes. We invite you to read these inspirational stories of hope, new found happiness, and success! We have launched this section on our website called Success Stories to provide a voice and face to real people making positive changes in their lives through Play Attention. Be certain to visit this page often as we will feature a new success story each month.

I use Play Attention with children and adults with ADHD

I use Play Attention with children and adults with ADHD. The neurofeedback training Play Attention provides enables patients to improve their attention and focus.  Patients’ improvement can be monitored with standardized tests of visual and auditory attention.

The games provide my patients with improved focus within the various training domains including short term memory, eye hand coordination, etc.

Additionally, the Play Attention games provide greater challenges as attention skills are increased. Higher level games provide more distraction to simulate every day challenges to maintaining focus. A high degree of motivation is maintained due to the intrinsic enjoyment the PA games provide.

I have found great improvement when I incorporate Play Attention into a Sports Psychological program to improve the athlete’s focus while competing. Therapy starts with gaining focus skills in...

Dr. Chevette Scott Alston's Play Attention Program

This summer I ran a pilot program for ADHD students. The components used were to improve focus, working memory, and social skills. I have had a few years of experience using Play Attention with my clients and I chose this program to help with focus. There weren’t many kids. We started with six and ended up with three. The three that were left were all males who had a combined type of ADHD and were functioning within some spectrum of Asperger’s. None of the participants were medicated for the summer. They came in every Saturday to work with the three intervention areas. We interviewed parents for social skills deficits. Focus was measured using the IVACPT. Working memory and focus were measured using the WISC subtests for Digit Span and Letter-Number Sequencing.

At the end, the posttests for working memory showed slight improvements. However, everyone’s focus was significantly...

I treat this as exercise for my mind. I'm pleased with the results.

I would be glad to share a personal story with Play Attention! 

In about four months, Play Attention has become something that has been very helpful to my work, my studies, and my personal well-being above all! Training two to three days a week for about 60-80 minutes per week has taught me not only how to focus my attention but to be more aware of my state of mind. I have been and still am the kind of person who gets frustrated easily when things go wrong - something that is part of life and the human condition. Training continues to help me to become aware of my state of mind - when I'm relaxed or stressed, awake or tired, disciplined or scatterbrained - and that helps me to decide what to do with myself. There have been days where I pushed myself through to the end when I didn't think I could make it. There have also been days where I realized I really needed to relax and give...

My only regret is that I did not find out about Play Attention sooner.

All my life I have had the symptoms of ADHD. Issues like not being able to stay on task, difficulty completing things, trouble paying and sustaining attention to details, procrastination, disorganized activity structure, (living life like a game of pinball), forgetfulness, impulsivity, easily distracted by basically anything. Though I liked the attention of being the class clown in school, I had difficulty with following the rules in social situations and staying on track with current conversations. I have experimented with drugs in the hope that they would make me feel calmer and more “normal”, but no pharmaceutical on or off the market worked for me, and I wasted a ton of time and money. Because of this, I suspect that my body metabolizes things differently from other people. Drugs aside, I went to counseling and found it to be beneficial and insightful, but it did not address the...

I have many more years of real life ahead of me.

Kathy’s Story

Kathy and her husband Larry, came to me at my clinic, Brain Fitness Center, in Parkersburg, WV, in the spring of 2011. She was 67 years old and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years earlier. The couple had seen several primary care physicians, searching for some type of treatment that would allow Kathy to live more effectively and productively in her daily life. She was told to accept the diagnosis, go home, and live with the disease the best way she could.

Eventually they were referred to a primary care physician who was familiar with my clinic and some of the programs I used. This doctor contacted me and asked if I thought any of the therapies I used might help, since the medical field didn’t have much to offer Alzheimer’s patients.

When they arrived at the clinic, Larry did most of the talking. Kathy’s shoulders were stooped and her eyes downcast. She was...

Case Study: Ruth, An Alzheimer's Client

I met Ruth in June of 2016. Her daughter, Susan, had asked if I could help her 85 year old mother who had been diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer’s. My first thought after meeting Ruth was, “This is definitely going to be a challenge.” The problems we faced were daunting; Ruth couldn’t communicate intelligently. She repeated things over and over. She had obsessive-compulsive behaviors, was verbally abusive to Susan, had severe Sun Downing, displayed socially unacceptable behaviors, and had total disregard for her appearance. Ruth had been an elementary school teacher, but she could no longer read, write, or do even basic math. She apparently had very little memory, attention, or comprehension left.

My program for Ruth was intensive at first. We worked five days a week for two hours a day. The protocol I used included physical exercises, basic education training, and Play Attention to...