ADHD is a disorder in which there are significant problems with executive functions (e.g., attentional control and inhibitory control) that cause attention deficits, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, which is not appropriate for a person’s age.
Children and adults with ADHD have fast-moving active minds. The world around them is not enough to keep their focus and attention, and as a result their minds move quickly in many directions.
The Qball offers a unique tool to help people with ADHD control and direct their minds in a constructive way. The Qball does this through physical and mental challenges that are at or above the best of their ability. This is the crucial element of any mental or physical exercise: to create a challenge that requires the full use and engagement of the entire brain and to accomplish and excel at that challenge. Then, as the person improves, the challenge must increase to remain at or above the best of their ability. The Qball accomplishes this through the use of speed and difficulty.
The Qball has a moderately erratic bounce that requires a person to watch and react to its every movement. As a person bounces one or two Qballs in alternating hands, they are using vision, eye-hand coordination and fast reactions. To make the exercise challenging a person is encouraged to go as fast as they can. This creates a challenge that pushes anyone to the best of their abilities. As an individual improves, they try to go faster and faster. This maintains the challenge at the best of their ability and trains important skills. Mistakes provide immediate feedback in the form of a dropped ball. Scores can be recorded and kept to track improvement. Focus and attention must be maintained to excel at the exercise, therefore the ability to focus for a prolong period of time is learned.
In addition to speed, we add difficulty to exercises to keep them challenging and fresh, while also teaching valuable life skills. We may patch one eye, make a person stand on a balance disk, have them move in circles, or have them fix their focus to a spot on the floor and use only their peripheral vision. All these combined with speed, create fully engaging exercises that are both physical and mental. The mere act of number recognition or counting requires the use of working memory. Add to that memory, math or imagination games and the brain gets a full workout.
We have tested these exercises on children and adults with ADHD. The results are fast and nothing short of miraculous. In as little as 1 minute people who were previously suffering from negative emotions and jumbled thoughts, calmed right down and became fully absorbed in the exercise. They reported feeling better almost immediately. It was if we gave them an outlet to use up all the excess energy they could not control. Suddenly they were in control again and doing something that gave them useful skills.
Some people used the Qball to calm down in situations where they felt out of control. Others used the Qball to train and allow them to avoid situations where they felt out of control. Either way the Qball helped them cope with their feelings and calmed them down.
Click to view more exercises. They are fun, varied and challenging and keep the mind and body working in a way consistent with normal brain functioning – helping a person to maintain their independence.