New Online Course Announced by SharpBrains and the Attention Research Update: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

In order to suc­cess­fully pro­mote children’s healthy brain devel­op­ment, every par­ent whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD should learn how to sys­tem­at­i­cally nav­i­gate and mon­i­tor the range of poten­tial ADHD treat­ments based on the lat­est sci­en­tific evi­dence. This new course, developed by SharpBrains and the Attention Research Update, aims at pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, frame­works and toolk­its to make well-informed deci­sions, in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sional advice, about med­ica­tion, behav­ioral ther­apy, exer­cise, neu­ro­feed­back, work­ing mem­ory train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, diet and supplements.

By the end of this online course, par­tic­i­pants will have gained the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to nav­i­gate and pri­or­i­tize ADHD treat­ments, both con­ven­tional and com­ple­men­tary, to max­i­mize short-term and long-term healthy brain devel­op­ment for chil­dren with ADHD.

Course title: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

When: May 2015


Dr. David Rabiner, founder of the Atten­tion Research Update, is an Asso­ciate Dean and a Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity. His research cen­ters on the impact of atten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties on children’s aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment, improv­ing com­mu­nity care for chil­dren with ADHD, the mis­use of ADHD med­ica­tions by col­lege stu­dents, and inter­ven­tions to improve aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance in chil­dren with atten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties. He has pub­lished over 50 sci­en­tific papers in peer reviewed med­ical and psy­chol­ogy jour­nals and received fund­ing for his research from the National Insti­tutes of Men­tal Health, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, and the US Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. Dr. Rabiner started pub­lish­ing the Atten­tion Research Update e-newsletter in 1997 to pro­vide par­ents, edu­ca­tors, and health care pro­fes­sion­als with a con­ve­nient and inde­pen­dent source to stay informed about the lat­est research on ADHD pub­lished in lead­ing med­ical and psy­chol­ogy journals.
Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum, is the co-author of the acclaimed book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (2013). He runs Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. He is a nationally-known speaker and expert, and has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, New Sci­en­tist, CNN, and other media out­lets. Alvaro, who holds an MBA and an MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, pro­duces the annual Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, the largest global and vir­tual con­fer­ence where sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and pro­fes­sion­als dis­cuss the lat­est devel­op­ments in the field.


This fast-paced online course will cover the fol­low­ing topics:

1. How to har­ness Med­ica­tion, Lifestyle and Neu­ro­plas­ti­ciy for Life­long Brain Development

Value, lim­i­ta­tions and appro­pri­ate sce­nar­ios of use for each
Treat­ing ADHD in the con­text of gen­eral brain devel­op­ment: A lifes­pan approach
Read­ing: Fact-sheet on ADHD in Chil­dren and Ado­les­cents by the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health
Read­ing: Study: Fam­i­lies’ Per­spec­tives on ADHD and its Treatment

2. What is research sup­port, and what are its lim­i­ta­tions? How can par­ents thought­fully eval­u­ate the claims made by pro­po­nents of dif­fer­ent treat­ments, and suc­cess­fully advo­cate for their children?

Read­ing: Study finds large gaps between research and prac­tice in ADHD diag­no­sis and treatment
Read­ing: Sen­si­ble and per­plex­ing changes in ADHD diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria (DSM-V)

3. ‘Con­ven­tional’ ADHD treat­ments: Med­ica­tion and Behav­ior Therapy

Is med­ica­tion treat­ment really effec­tive? (It depends on how you ask the question)
What does the research say about short– and long-term ben­e­fits of med­ica­tion treatment?
What does good med­ica­tion treat­ment really look like and how can par­ents obtain ‘good’ treat­ment for their child?
What is behav­ioral ther­apy for ADHD really all about?
What do we know about the short-and long-term effects of behav­ior ther­apy for ADHD?
What are the strengths and lim­i­ta­tions of behav­ior therapy?
Work­ing with teach­ers to develop a good behav­ior plan.
Read­ing: Reduc­ing the Need for High Med­ica­tion Doses with Behav­ior Therapy
Read­ing: Why Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diag­no­sis and Stim­u­lant Medication
Read­ing: Evidence-based child and ado­les­cent psy­choso­cial interventions

4. Alter­na­tive and com­ple­men­tary treatments


What does it have to do with ADHD?
What are the guide­lines for opti­mal weekly/ monthly exercise?
Read­ing: Phys­i­cal exer­cise as ADHD treat­ment: Nec­es­sary but not sufficient


What is neu­ro­feed­back and how does it work?
What is the cur­rent evi­dence base for neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment for ADHD?
Things to con­sider when think­ing about neurofeedback.
Read­ing: Neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment for ADHD is gain­ing strong support

Work­ing mem­ory training

What is work­ing mem­ory and what does it have to do with ADHD?
What does work­ing mem­ory train­ing involve?
What is the cur­rent evi­dence base for work­ing mem­ory train­ing for ADHD?]
Things to con­sider when think­ing about work­ing mem­ory training.
Read­ing: Is work­ing mem­ory train­ing the pri­or­ity for ADHD patients?


What is med­i­ta­tion and what does it have to do with ADHD?
What med­i­ta­tion tech­niques offer the most clear evi­dence base for ADHD?
Things to con­sider when think­ing about meditation.
Read­ing: Mind­ful­ness train­ing for chil­dren with ADHD and their parents


What kinds of diets have been tested as treat­ments for ADHD?
How strong is the research sup­port for dietary inter­ven­tions for ADHD?
Things to con­sider when think­ing about a dietary intervention.
Read­ing: ‘West­ern’ Style Diet Increases Risk of ADHD


Vit­a­min, min­eral, and fatty acid defi­cien­cies in rela­tion to ADHD
Do sup­ple­ments work? What does the research say
When to con­sider supplements
Read­ing: A Con­trolled Trial of Herbal Treat­ment for ADHD

5. How can a par­ent nav­i­gate these options and obtain, mon­i­tor and help iter­ate the best care for a par­tic­u­lar child

How to pri­or­i­tize and sequence most-likely-to-help inter­ven­tions, both con­ven­tional and complementary
How to mon­i­tor their short-term and long-term effectiveness
How and when to com­mu­ni­cate with health pro­fes­sion­als to iter­ate and refine care


SharpBrains is an independent market research firm and think tank tracking health and wellness applications of brain science. The company produces an annual global and virtual professional conference and maintains a consumer-facing guide, The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness. To learn more, visit


Founded by Dr. David Rabiner in 1997, the Attention Research Update is a monthly e-newsletter in which Dr. Rabiner reviews new studies on ADHD/ADD that are published in leading medical and psychology journals. To learn more, visit

Brain Science

Leave a Reply