Multitasking test tools may increase attention span. The online tools that are used to both test and increase attention span are also useful for making an improvement in the ability of adults and children with Predominantly Inattentive ADHD to divide our attention and to screen out distracting stimuli.
The main problem for people with ADHD-PI is what neurologist call working memory deficits. This term does not refer to our ability to remember it refers to what I call “divided attention capacity”. A Multitasking test tool may help increase attention span by increasing our divided attention capacity.
Multitasking is the ability to attend to more than one thing. It has gotten a bad reputation these days especially given that many people try to do more than one thing at once while they are driving, caring for young children, or performing other dangerous activities. The most reported danger of multitasking involves cell phone use and driving. This is not the type of multitasking that I am referring to. I am referring to the ability to divide your attention between stimuli that is coming from many or more different sources.
For those of us with ADHD Predominantly Inattentive it is important that we increase attention span for both incoming verbal and visual information. Multitasking test tools help increase attention span by strengthening the parts of our brain, the pre-frontal cortex, that control our ability to divide attention.
Brain training is a multi-million dollar industry because people with ADHD Predominantly Inattentive are not the only people needing tools to improve attention span. The brain training tools that have been found useful for increasing the divided attention capacity of aging and teenage drivers have been found to save lives. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has even endorsed the use of these software tools because they have been found to decrease motor vehicle accidents.
Many companies have computer tools that help increase attention span and that improve divided attention. These software programs are called Cognifit and Drive Sharp and they cost about $80.00 to $95.00. Both these computer online programs are made by very reputable companies and they have both been tested and found to be effective in increasing attention span.
There are three other sites that have multitasking test tools that are free and that have also been found to increase attention span. While the more expensive software programs have more bells and whistles, I have found the free multitasking test tools to be quite addictive and almost fun. My favorite is the IcyLime game that can be found at: http://www.kongregate.com/games/IcyLime/multitask but I have found all of the free online multitasking tools to be useful for increasing attention span.
Many neurologists believe that the main symptoms and deficits seen in people with ADHD Predominantly Inattentive are the result of a deficit of working memory which impairs their ability to divide attention among competing bits of verbal and auditory stimulation. Free online attention improving tools can help diminish these deficits. The three free multitasking tests tools available online are called; DualTask, TaskSwitching and IcyLime and can be found by putting these terms into your web browser
Performing the tasks on the multitasking test tools that I have discussed can reinforce our working memory and increase attention span. Those of us with ADHD Predominantly Inattentive and with children who have ADHD-PI should make these tools a part of our ADHD treatment plan.
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