The Andalusian Institute of Pediatric Neurology has developed a system of virtual reality 3D, Aula Nesplora, to help diagnose the disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD) attention deficit, recreating a school classroom that allows to evaluate the child the factors that determine the existence of ADHD as attention sustained and divided, auditory and visual; impulsiveness, hyperactivity, tendency to distraction and processing speed.

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A group of the Andalusian Institute of Pediatric Neurology researchers have developed a test that is carried out thanks to a system of virtual reality 3D, getting an early diagnosis of attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD), Thank you to measure the performance of attention, impulsivity and response speed and hyperactivity. The program manages to recreate a school classroom, with the typical distractions of the same, "allowing an excellent cooperation from children who use it since they act as in a video game", explained the Coordinator of the study group of the ADHD , Dr. Manuel Fernández.

Through the actions of the child in the virtual classroom are assessed the factors that determine the existence of ADHD as attention sustained and divided, auditory and visual; impulsiveness, hyperactivity, tendency to distraction and processing speed. A study with classroom with about 1300 children aged between 6 and 16 to obtain scores or standards with respect to which evaluate the clinical population has been published in the online edition of December of Journal of Attention Disorders. Five hospitals and more than 100 clinics already use the system, developed by Spanish scientists in collaboration with the University Clinic of Navarra.

"The realization of an early diagnosis is essential", said Dr. Fernández. In his view, "a comprehensive plan of treatment for ADHD has an efficiency of 80-90%. The aim is to end getting a quality of life equal to that of the rest of children who do not have. "If the detection and treatment are initiated at an early stage, will get to avoid the vast majority of the risks and problems, like accidents, dependency, failure in school, etc".

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By • 18 Dec, 2012
• Section: infrastructures, Augmented reality, Health