Attention difficulties compromise a child’s education, social skills, relationships, mental health, and employment opportunities. The impact on families’ physical and emotional well-being is immeasurable.
Childhood attention deficits remain a significant and growing concern within Australia and worldwide. Without treatment, they can have devastating and long-term impacts on the developing brain.
Children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder are at heightened risk of experiencing attention deficits and their associated negative impacts.
Currently, treatment options are sparse, with the most common being psychostimulant medication such as Ritalin. These drug based interventions often focus on improving symptoms rather than treating underlying causes of attention problems. Current non-pharmaceutical interventions often require multiple clinical appointments across many locations which are expensive and time consuming, meaning that many children miss out on life-changing therapies.