Eran Orr: Virtual Reality Coming to ADHD

October 8, 2020
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

A virtual reality platform could enable ADHD patients to improve cognitive functioning.

The need to leverage new technology may have never been greater in treating attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Virtual reality experiences have the opportunity to really help children who are suffering from ADHD, presenting a virtual world that can help deal with some of the symptoms of the disorder.

Recently, XRHealth unveiled a new ADHD virtual reality system aimed at improving well-known ADHD cognitive functioning, including attention, impulsivity, and higher and more complex thinking functions such as initiating, organizing, planning, and fully executing daily tasks.

In the new VR system, each user is monitored for progress based on sustained focus while distractions are present.

The new system is based on the brain’s ability to restructure itself in attempt to overcome existing challenges, referred to as the brain’s plasticity principle.

Clinicians will also have the ability to create, monitor, and adjust the training process at every step within the training system.

The system contains a number of core focuses, including motor activation, a visual and auditory experience that mimics real life activity to improve motor movement, and integrated eye tracking technology.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Evan Orr, Founder and CEO of XRHealth, explained how the new virtual reality platform works and why ADHD lends itself to a virtual reality solution.