Development of an ADHD App for Elementary and Middle Schoolers

MATS is generously supported by the European Union and Germany´s State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Development of a learning and concentration training for elementary and middle schoolers. The app will address ADHD core symptoms.

User Tests and Studies

Iterative development process including rapid prototypes and evaluation of a variety of game mechanics and styles in user tests.

Controlled multi-center pilot study to evaluate efficacy and acceptance of learning and concentration exercises for ADHD, attention-deficit or hyperactive children.


The aim of the project is the development of a playful learning and concentration environment for the training-based supplementation of the therapy of primary school children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

MATS is designed to provide effective and appropriate contextual support to patients, parents and therapists.



  • Compilation & cataloging of existing international evidence-based intervention/therapy approaches. First results were completed in May. More detailed results will be complete in August
  • Requirements catalog for digital training app & design documentation
  • Best practice catalog of evidence-based intervention/therapy approaches


  • Fine-tuning of best practice catalog from experts along with focus groups with children, their parents, pediatricians, school psychologists and therapists
  • Prototype development focusing on game mechanics and intervention
  • Empirical focus group study


  • Study design, ethics board approval and recruiting
  • Controlled multi-center pilot study to evaluate the efficacy and acceptance of learning and concentration exercises for ADHD, attention-deficit or hyperactive children


  • Data analysis of multi-center pilot study

Our 360° Research Concept

MATS covers many main areas around ADHD:

  • 1. Main Features

    Treatment and Monitoring with Parent and Therapist Modules

  • 2. Age

    5 – 12

  • 3. Child - First Priority

    Our research focuses on helping children. Parents and therapists have access to extra features that assist with the primary goal of supporting the child at home and during therapy sessions.

  • 4. Technology

    An expert blend of digital health and edtech. Gamification with a dual focus on motivation and attention & concentration skills. Mobile first. Available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire OS. Built with Unity.

  • 5. Focus

    Executive functions, Attention, Organisation Skills

  • 6. Renown Partners

    University of Duisburg-Essen, Entertainment Computing and TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • 7. We´re all Ears / Take Part or +49 211 730 63511

How do we motivate children?

We take the motivational effect of computer games strongly into consideration. By closely linking evidence from gamification, entertainment computing and video game research with our clinical development process, a particularly high degree of motivation is to be generated and sustained while ensuring MATS meets the particular needs of children with ADHD symptoms.

Project page of Prof. Dr. Jörg-Tobias Kuhn at TU Dortmund University

Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences – Education, Schools, Inclusion
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Project page of Prof. Dr. -Eng. Maic Masuch at University of Duisburg-Essen

Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, Entertainment Computing
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Publications we find particularly helpful

Catala-Lopez, F., Hutton, B., Nunez-Beltran, A., Page, M.J., Ridao, M., Saint-Gerons, D.M., Catala, M.A., Tabares-Seisdedos, R., Moher, D. (2017). The pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: A systematic review with network meta-analyses of randomised trials.

Sonne, T., Müller, J., Marshall, P., Obel, C., Gronbak, K. (2016). Changing Family Practices with Assistive Technology: MOBERO Improves Morning and Bedtime Routines for Children with ADHD. Families and Assistive Technology.

Majewicz-Hefley, A., Carlson, J.S. (2007). A meta-analysis of combined treatments for children diagnosed with ADHD. Journal of attention disorders.