UCA professor helps create mobile app for ADHD symptoms

CONWAY (KATV) - A new mobile app to help young people manage ADHD has ties to the University of Central Arkansas.

Research stemming from 1998 has developed into an app in the making.

One of the content experts is from UCA.

Dr. Julie Meaux won first place in a contest, racking up $100,000 to help the app become available.

This new app will be a tool for young people with ADHD, and the goal is for users to get help controlling their symptoms.

Dr. Meaux collaborated with several professionals as well as mobile app companies, and hopes to have it up and running as soon as possible.

Thousands across the country are diagnosed with ADHD.

Many take medications to control their symptoms, but a new mobile app in the making will soon be another tool for young people.

"There are several features of this app to help meet the challenges for those with attention deficit, things like time management and organization," said Dr. Meaux, UCA Nursing Professor.

Dr. Meaux's extensive research won her first place in the Shire ADHD Transitions Challenge.

"Through our research, we found that most of the time we find out that their parents taught them to create structure for themselves, and then the parents gradually backed off. We have another population that were never taught how to create that structure for themselves," said Dr. Meaux.

Despite the challenges those with ADHD face, Dr. Meaux's goal is to successfully transition those adolescents{}into adults and professionals with another tool readily available.

"It helps them to learn how to create structure, time schedules, planning, that maybe their parents once did, that they can begin to do for themselves," added Dr. Meaux.

To get a sneak peak of the app, click here.

No date has been set yet for the launch of the app.