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New Research Shows ADHD Symptoms Reduced by Brain Balance® Exercises and Interactive Metronome® Training

  • –  Reliable change seen in parent-rated scores from pre-to post-participation in children ages 8-14 – 

Chicago, IL., – January 17, 2023 – A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital and published by the scientific journal, Psychiatric Research, revealed that participants in the Brain Balance program experienced a marked reduction in ADHD symptoms.

The goal of the study, “Open Assessment of the Therapeutic and Rate-Dependent Effects of Brain Balance and Interactive Metronome Exercises on Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” was to identify which aspects of ADHD were impacted and to what degree after completing the Brain Balance home program. The 15-week program included rhythm and timing exercises utilizing an evidence-based timing tool, the Interactive Metronome. The study involved children ages 8 to 14 who met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD for the active group and typically developing children for the control group. Key findings included:

  • A marked reduction in total ADHD scores on both parent and clinician-rated scales (Conners’ Parent Rating Scale and the ADHD Rating Scale -IV).
  • Substantial improvements in the Inattentive and Hyperactive ratings which include questions pertaining to many aspects of daily life including impulsiveness, inattention, tantrums, social interactions and schoolwork.
  • Additional lab testing demonstrated an improvement in the children’s ability to sit still, improve accuracy and make fewer errors on additional tests of attention (Quotient ADHD system test).
  • Improvement in parent ratings of oppositional behaviors, although smaller than the reduction in hyperactivity and inattention.

As one of the most prevalent neuropsychiatric disorders of childhood, ADHD has been diagnosed in approximately 10% of children in the United States, according to a recent study by Blue Cross Blue Shield. ADHD has been shown to negatively impact a child’s experience in the classroom, interacting with peers, family and self-confidence. While medication is not recommended as a first line of defense in supporting a child with ADHD, more research has been needed to help parents identify effective options as an adjunct or alternative to medication.

The need for additional research on approaches to addressing ADHD has escalated over the past few years. The combination of increases in ADHD diagnosis and prescribed medication, paired with supply shortages of ADHD medication has left many parents searching to find answers and support.

“This research adds to our body of evidence that supports the progress we see families make every day,” said Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Vice President, Programs & Outcomes at Brain Balance. “We remain committed to an evidence-based approach and look forward to further research to examine the enduring benefits of our program.”

The results of this exploratory study provided enough meaningful insight and evidence to warrant further research on a larger scale.

For more information or updates, visit BrainBalance.com. For more study information, visit https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36446221/.

About Brain Balance Brain Balance offers a personalized, non-drug program helping individuals improve focus, behavior, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance. The program takes an integrative approach to strengthening brain connectivity through sensory engagement, physical development, cognition and nutrition. Over the past decade and across more than 100 locations, this unique and effective program has helped over 50,000 individuals create a brighter path for their future. Visit BrainBalance.com to learn more.

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