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Play Attention Edufeedback Brain Wave System for all Attention Issues and Learning Disabilities
By R. Yniguez, LMHC, RN | May 6, 2008

The following is a guest post by Dr. Philip Brotman of Biofeedback Instrument Corporation. In this article, Dr. Brotman introduces Play Attention, a marvelous tool to help increase attention, visual tracking, audio processing, memory skills, and concentration, as well as to decrease impulsivity. As a primer to biofeedback, click here to read the previous post on biofeedback.

What is Play Attention?
by Dr. Brotman

What would it be like if you could see your attention right now? Click here to view a video to see how it works!

Play Attention can be used in the comfort of your home. It is a powerful learning system that uses a high-tech helmet to read brain signals indicative of focus or concentration. These brain signals control our computer games. Your mind becomes the mouse or joystick! These games not only teach you to improve focus, but also to ignore distractions, develop memory skills, finish tasks, and become organized. These skills can improve school work, improve self-esteem, and make life at home much happier.

Is it neurofeedback or biofeedback?

Play Attention is not clinical neuro or bio feedback. Neurofeedback is based on the theory that ADHD persons have abnormal brainwave patterns. Neurofeedback practitioners contend that normalizing these abnormal brainwave patterns can eliminate ADHD symptoms. Play Attention does not strive to change brainwave patterns. Changing brainwave patterns does not insure that one can become more organized, have better short-term memory, ignore distractions, or even balance one’s check book in a normal amount of time. These are skills that must be learned and do not readily appear after neurofeedback training. Play Attention teaches these skills and insures transfer to the workplace and classroom.

How does Play Attention work?

Scientific research has demonstrated that the brain is adaptable and capable of learning throughout life. This is termed neuro-plasticity. Play Attention allows the user to view the attentive state in real-time. Over time, through deliberate practice, Play Attention students can learn to increase focus and concentration. Deliberate practice entails setting goals to improve skill performance. The interactive exercises also challenge Play Attention students to improve memory, finishing tasks, visual tracking, and filtering out distractions. Gradually, the student can retain the skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, work, and home.

How do I use Play Attention?

All you’ll need is a personal computer - we at Biofeedback Instrument Corp. will supply everything else. You’ll receive free live telephone training from a Master’s level educator who becomes your personal support advisor. Your support advisor will guide you every step of the way toward success. We give you the software, the sensor-lined helmet, interface box, cables, power supply, behavior shaping charts - everything you need to do the program with no surprises!

When will we start seeing results?

Typically within the first 30 days, minor changes will appear. These may include better listening skills, beginning homework on one’s own, or staying more organized. It is important to understand that these are significant positive leaps forward for ADHD students and must be rewarded/reinforced so that they are likely to be repeated.

Can I see a live demonstration?

Every week, we offer a free online webinar. Our free webinar is your opportunity to see Play Attention live on your desktop PC, and to get answers to your most difficult questions from an ADHD expert.

Play Attention versions

There are two versions of the Play Attention Edufeedback Brain Wave System:

1. Home version - Includes coaching through the Whole Training Process. It’s for children and teens for school performance enhancement, attention deficit, peak performance and maintenance of cognitive abilities in adults of all ages. It’s used by those in sports, school, and corporations and industry.

2. Professional version - For an infinite number of users including those in health centers, private practice, hospitals, colleges and universities, to name a few.

Can I take my child off medication?

You decided to place your child on medication with a healthcare provider. Use of medication is a medical decision and must be decided under advisement of your healthcare provider. It is important to realize that medication does not teach skills or behaviors. Play Attention is an educational skill building tool that also teaches students to improve behaviors. Once these skills are learned, frequently the need for medication greatly diminishes. However, you must discuss the matter with your healthcare provider regarding changes to medication or any medical issues.

Will Play Attention help my child make friends?

Parents often clearly understand that ADHD impairs their child’s ability to make lasting friendships. Poor social skills are closely intertwined with attention problems. By increasing attention to social cues and increasing self-esteem, Play Attention is a wonderful tool to help build lasting friendships.

How will Play Attention help me at work or school?

Conservatively, 5% to 7% of all children have ADHD. Roughly 60% to 70% of those children will carry their attention problems into adulthood. The inability to finish assignments, stay organized, remember things, or become easily distracted follow children into adulthood where it’s estimated that billions of dollars are lost due to these problems. Play Attention can teach organization skills, improve memory, train you to complete tasks and become less distracted. These skills are vitally important for success at either school or the workplace.

This system is extremely effective, and is used in over 450 schools, by the US women’s Olympic Bobsled team, and in negotiations to be used by the nuclear regulatory agency, to enhance attention in their operators.

Testimonials

Since 1996, Play Attention has made a real difference in the lives of its users. According to a recent survey, we are proud to disclose that 91% of respondents reported Satisfaction or better! See for yourself:

I just wanted to give you some feedback on your program. [Our son] completed the program in October and I feel he really benefited from having to dedicate himself to gaining skills he was lacking, and his attention span and grades continue to show improvement. Thank you for your help and support in our ongoing efforts to overcome attention challenges.
-The Macduff Family

I honestly believe that Play Attention helped change my son’s life. And to me, that is priceless.
-Barb Katan, parent

I do not work with anyone that is still involved in the Public Education System, most have graduated, become injured and are in some form of rehabilitation program. 3 survivors have gone on to return to the work place, with intact areas of cognition and attention strengthened appreciably to the point that entry level employment duties could be performed.
-Non Profit Organization dedicated to helping persons with disabilities live and work independently within the community

I bought Play Attention last spring. I used it very consistently (2-3x/wk) and still used it about once/week. It was very hard at first and built up slowly but I was very pleased at how much clearer my head was. I felt and still feel sharper. Even now if I go a month without using it I think I use the wrong word more often when I am speaking. I do feel that I concentrate better. I have used it for over 43 hours and do full amount of time on intermediate level.
-Adult user regarding the Play Attention at Home Program

I have seen improvements in many areas with the students I have worked with. I am a Play Attention infomercial.
-Teacher

Finally, Play Attention brings hope to the thousands of children and adults who have failed to meet their potentials. The use of Play Attention develops their ability to focus on and complete tasks that help them reach their personal goals. This is the first behavior based system that helps the child or adult to understand and control both positive and negative habits all on their own. Immediate feedback and attention focusing educational games make a real difference to the learning process. There is a real difference in this methodology and it brings new hope for people of all ages.
-Dr. Jeanne Guertin, Ph.D. Educational Psychology

About Dr. Philip Brotman

Dr. Brotman is a certified biofeedback practitioner who has been involved in clinical biofeedback for over 20 years. He has helped set up biofeedback centers throughout the country. His company, Biofeedback Training Associates, has trained hundreds of clinicians in biofeedback since 1972.

Dr. Brotman served as staff physicist for Hughes Aircraft, taught physics at Polytechnic Institute and is a current expert in substance abuse therapy, particularly the employment of non-pharmacological protocols.

Dr. Brotman founded The Biofeedback Instrument Company and its affiliate, Allied Computer. As President of Allied, he initiated the Internet Project, erecting what has become one of the most prominent health and personal care websites in cyberspace.

Biofeedback Instrument Corporation has been a medical products VAR and has provided accredited training programs (APA CE sponsors) since 1972.

Contact Dr. Brotman at:

Allied Products/Biofeedback Instrument Corp.
255 West 98th Street
New York, NY 10025
phone: (212) 222-5665
Dr. Brotman’s Website
www.biof.com/playattention.html

Author's Bio: 

About Dr. Philip Brotman

Dr. Brotman is a certified biofeedback practitioner who has been involved in clinical biofeedback for over 20 years. He has helped set up biofeedback centers throughout the country. His company, Biofeedback Training Associates, has trained hundreds of clinicians in biofeedback since 1972.

Dr. Brotman served as staff physicist for Hughes Aircraft, taught physics at Polytechnic Institute and is a current expert in substance abuse therapy, particularly the employment of non-pharmacological protocols.

Dr. Brotman founded The Biofeedback Instrument Company and its affiliate, Allied Computer. As President of Allied, he initiated the Internet Project, erecting what has become one of the most prominent health and personal care websites in cyberspace.

Biofeedback Instrument Corporation has been a medical products VAR and has provided accredited training programs (APA CE sponsors) since 1972.

Contact Dr. Brotman at:

Allied Products/Biofeedback Instrument Corp.
255 West 98th Street
New York, NY 10025
phone: (212) 222-5665
Dr. Brotman’s Website
www.biof.com/playattention.html