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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

versión impresa ISSN 0120-8748


RIANO GARZON, Manuel Ernesto  y  QUIJANO MARTINEZ, María Cristina. The regulatory role of language in an attention deficit disorder case. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.71-78. ISSN 0120-8748.

From a cultural-historical perspective, attention deficit disorder (ADD) is associated with immaturity factor programming and control, which involves the functioning of the brain's frontal region and makes part of the executive system. This paper presents a clinical case study in which the systemic impact of a brief intervention program was explored; such intervention was based on the neuropsychological factor analysis, in order to prove its effectiveness and efficacy at ADD's management of symptoms as well as to propose new controlled and random studies to eventually validate this methodology. To achieve this, we described the scope of the program oriented neuropsychological correction factor strengthening the regulation and control, by developing the regulatory function of language, in order to improve planning, control of waiting, self-check and voluntary attention. Intervention was supported on an A-B-A multiple base line design, whose results were analyzed from the scores of standardized tests and the qualitative analysis of its performances at the beginning and six months after. The case analyzed showed a strengthening in the regulatory function of language, which affected the development of the executive psychological processes and showed an increase in the voluntary attentional control, regulation of waiting and planning ability. In conclusion, the result of this case places this method as an alternative to manage ADD, susceptible to be studied in larger controlled groups in order to validate the result and eventually offering an extrapolated management to a population diagnosed.

Palabras clave : Programming and control mechanism; Executive functions; Impulsive behavior; Language; historical-cultural neuropsychology; Attention deficit disorder.

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