On-Task - increasing attentiveness in students with ADHD
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a very social problem and is one of the most common mental health conditions in children (Statistics Canada, 2012). With recent changes in camera resolution, I designed an app that tracked the students' eye-movements and adaptively delivered rewards and reminders to modify their behaviours. The goal of this research was to increase attentiveness and reduce distractibility in students aged between six and thirteen diagnosed with ADHD. Additionally, it tried to determine what feedback could be provided to help them in their study efforts. All of the participants that completed the intervention reported increased attention and decreased distractibility. Additionally, most of the participants reported transferability of these behaviours to an external environment, specifically, school. One participant indicated he had better self-esteem as a result of the intervention. These results show that a technological intervention can help students with ADHD increase their attentiveness and reduce their distractibility.