JAMA published “Brain Training Does Not Improve Academic Outcomes in Kids” on 6-28-16. This brief article reviews claims that some popular “brain training” apps and programs improve academic performance in children with learning disabilities. The authors studied over 450 children. The results found that the treatment group had better results in one area measured at 6 and 12 months, the results were not sustained. Most importantly, there were no improvements found in the reading, spelling or math scores of the study group, and no improvement in the rating of attention, social functioning and quality of life measures as reported by parents and teachers.
mhconcierge’s take: kids, and parents, should be encouraged to view these program’s as entertaining games, but as not therapy or academic interventions.