A team of specialists from the Neuropediatric Unit of the University of Navarra Clinic has collaborated with the company Nesplora in the creation of a device that consists of a 'software' aimed at achieving, quickly and accurately, the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The new program consists of a test, called 'Classroom', and has a special glasses, which incorporate motion sensors, and headphones, which are placed before the child begins the test. Thanks to the 3D graphic design the patient has the feeling of being in one of the virtual classroom desks, similar to the one of a school class, where he will be surrounded by other students and will have a teacher in front of him explaining on the blackboard . The software of the device updates the perspective of the classroom based on the movements of the head of the child so that, at all times, maintain the feeling of being inside it. According to sources from the company, it is designed to evaluate the care processes and facilitate the diagnosis of the disorders caused by the attention deficit.

The most important factors that the new tool assesses are: the propensity of the child to be distracted, the degree of deviation from the focus of attention, and the divided attention (the auditory and the visual) simultaneously

The test is especially novel with respect to the neuropsychological evaluation of the patient, since, as Dr. Nerea Crespo, an educational psychologist at the Clínica de Navarra, points out, in addition to providing information about her cognitive functions, such as the ability to maintain attention or how she controls impulsivity, which can also be evaluated by other tests, it does in a world virtual, which recreates a context similar to real life.

While the patient performs the test, the software obtains the objective data that measure the level and the way in which it completes the different types of exercises; the results obtained are processed by the computer program and, in a period of approximately 20 minutes, the specialist receives a complete report.

The most important factors that value the new tool are: the propensity of the child to be distracted, the degree of deviation from the focus of attention, and the divided attention (auditory and visual) simultaneously. It also checks the child's motor activity and favors their cooperation, because it is a test very similar to the video game, and this is very attractive for the small patient.

Among the advantages offered by the use of the new tool, specialists emphasize that it allows to measure, simultaneously, the auditory and visual attention, and quantify them, in addition, independently; In this way, it can be determined at what times and in what kinds of processing distractions occur in the patient.


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