The disorders of ADD/ADHD are a collection of traits that reflect an inborn, neurologically based temperament. It is predominantly a genetic neurophysiological condition generally present in the frontal lobes of the brain. ADD/ADHD is characterized by the excessive outward symptoms of distractibility, impulsivity, and sometimes hyperactivity. These symptoms, especially hyperactivity, may be the body’s method for coping with a very under aroused central nervous system.
The ADD Treatment Centers are committed to helping families and individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder. With over forty years combined experience in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, our centers deliver up-to-date effective non-drug and reduced drug treatment programs. Supplementing traditional practices with safe and effective Neurofeedback training, the ADD Treatment Centers help individuals develop skills and mental capabilities to be successful in today’s society.
The key to effective treatment is proper diagnosis through a comprehensive evaluation and objective measures combined with traditional psychological assessments. Most notably, the Quantitative Electroencephalograph (QEEG), similar to a SPECT scan, gives us the ability to confirm or exclude many disorders known to coexist with ADHD. As a result our centers have extensive experience in treating other disorders, such as Autism, Auditory and Visual Processing, Tics, Closed Head Injury, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other psychological issues affecting health, interpersonal relationships and academic performance.
Everybody is different. Statistically, a young male between ages 11 to 19 w/mild ADD, with or w/o hyperactivity, has between 45-55 sessions. That estimate is strictly treating the ADD. Any and all other disorders would require more sessions.
Yes, we do light surface therapy and family dynamic issues. We do not provide in-depth therapy.
We offer primary and secondary services. Refer to Rate Sheet for list of services. We do not offer coaching or in-depth psychotherapy. We do offer light psychotherapy and family dynamics therapy, various testing services, NF therapy, etc.
Our office has chosen not to offer meds. We work closely with physicians who can help with medication services. Dr. Schummer works closely with a network of doctors and discusses patient progress periodically. (i.e. Monthly consultation group meeting)
Generally speaking we think it is not necessary to come back for therapy. Patients decide on their own to return for additional sessions. Patients may go through a time, such as spring break or Christmas vacation, where some of the improvements developed during therapy may not have been to use. Lack of activity, excessive use of video games, etc. may have undone the results of Neurofeedback. Usually it only takes a handful of visits to get the patient back to where they left off.
Everyone is different. Typically parents, teachers, coaches, and other individuals present in the patient’s life begin noticing changes between 11-15 sessions. Changes may include improved handwriting, completing a task after only being asked once, increased organization, or cleaning his bedroom on his own (an overall increase in accomplishments).
For individuals with ADD the minimum age for treatment is approximately 6 years old. Occasionally, age 5-5 ½ can qualify. For individuals seeking treatment for other disorders, the minimum age is 3.
We take most insurance companies as long as it is a PPO.
We offer discounts to those who pay in advance for their therapy sessions. (Evaluations and QEEG’s do not apply) A 10% discount is applied for a pre-payment of the entire amount of estimated sessions. A 5% discount is offered for a pre-payment of half the amount of the estimated sessions.
There are no known or recorded side effects with Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback cannot hurt you.
If you understand ADD, you can think of ADD as the higher end of the spectrum and Autism is at the lower end. ADD is when an individual is occasionally daydreaming or unable to focus, Autism is constant daydreaming and constantly out of focus. Autism encompasses a wide spectrum of disorders and the application of Neurofeedback can help improve several areas of function. Some examples of improvement include improved articulation and improved higher order functioning.
Neurofeedback has been around for approximately 35 years, going on 40. The earliest reports of success were published in the mid and late 1970’s.
Relate the effects of Neurofeedback with the acquisition and retention of a new language. If a person learns a language and uses it every day, he/she will be able to retain the language. However, if the new language is not put into use, it can easily be forgotten. There was a long-term study conducted on individuals who completed Neurofeedback. A 15-year follow-up showed that a high percentage on the individuals maintained the gains they received.
Each visit is 45 minutes in length. 30 minutes of therapy and 15 minutes for hook-up and unhooking.
Typically 3x per week is adequate, but no less than 2x per week. The treatment will progress faster with more visits.
Neurofeedback does not in any way, shape, or form change who you are or your personality. Neurofeedback does change a person’s capability in intelligence and provides greater access to their intelligence.
Neurofeedback is completely painless. Electrodes are like antennas on a car. Electrodes only receive signals that the brain puts out. They are very shielded, are separated by microfibers, and would require a huge amount of electricity to electrocute a person.
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A lot of what has already been mentioned is discussed in the workshop, such as medications, the physiology of ADD, Neurofeedback, and alternatives to medication. Workshop Listings
Our success rate it approximately 92%. This is because of our diagnostics and careful screening process. Everyone who does Neurofeedback improves and will gain some level of success. However, if we think that we are unable to substantially improve your situation, we will recommend you to other specialists.
NO. If we know you are on meds, we know what your brain waves have changed into and can adjust to accommodate for that change.
We have resources available within our community, but our office currently does not offer those services. We are working on providing those services in the future.
Pre-payment plans require payment up front. Typically most people will pay each visit or weekly. If Insurance pays for a percentage of the services the co-pay is due. Our office accepts cash, check or credit card (ONLY VISA OR MASTERCARD).
Initially they are, but we designed them so they won’t be. We want them to succeed while they are bored.
If a doctor is requesting a QEEG done, YES we can provide a QEEG without an evaluation. If you will be a patient of ours we require an Evaluation. The QEEG is crucial in deciding which protocols to use.
You can expect poor behavior before positive behavior, and then you will begin noticing improvements.
YES, aggressive behavior shows up as a high level of energy in the pre-frontal lobes. If you can train down that energy, you will end up with a calmer being.
YES, it is a common side effect.
You cannot over-train the brain. Too much Neurofeedback can become a burden in a person’s personal life if they come into the office to do Neurofeedback too often. We train to a point that is considered “normal”.
That depends on when treatment is abruptly stopped. If it occurs early on in the treatment, then YES some progress will be lost. If it takes place at a later time, then progress made will not be lost. Provide the analogy of learning and retaining a new language. If the new language is practiced and used daily, then it will be retained. It has been established, in psychology, that a habit can be acquired if it is conducted for more than 30 days and the habit can be forgotten if not used within 90 days. The patient may also lose the monetary investment they have put into treatment if they were to stop abruptly.
YES, there are several published research articles proving the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. There are 2 current empirical studies that show all positive results with the application of Neurofeedback therapy. EEGSPECTRUM.com has several resources available for research articles.
To holistic people it is. Neurofeedback in every way qualifies as being holistic.
Yes, if the learning disability is neurological in nature then the person will respond very well to Neurofeedback. If the problem is physiological in nature then tests and evaluations must be conducted to gather more information.
The typical ADD individual, with or without hyperactivity is able to wean off their medication. Dr. Schummer works closely with your prescribing physician to find the appropriate levels of medication. More often than not medication is reduced and sometimes eliminated.
That depends on how knowledgeable the medical doctor is in Neurofeedback. Those who complain about it and say it doesn’t work have not researched Neurofeedback well enough to understand how effective it is. Some medical doctors may say that there isn’t enough empirical research publicized to prove that it works, but there are actually numerous articles that demonstrate positive results with Neurofeedback.
First, identify where the question is coming from; before or after how NF works is explained. If question is asked before the explanation, go over the process of Neurofeedback. If asked after the explanation, give the following examples. A child with ADD may have an attention span of 15-20 seconds in a classroom. With Neurofeedback we are able to increase that time to 15-17 minutes. Patients may also begin to accomplish things in life they weren’t able to do so before (i.e. finish projects, organize the garage, get A’s, etc.)
Once again, everyone is different. There are some people who come into our office with complex issues and backgrounds and different family dynamics. An unsupportive or unstable family can eliminate the effects of Neurofeedback. There may also be individuals with complex problems that we may not be able to help with.
Yes, but Insurance only pays for one visit a day.
The SPECT uses magnetic imagery and radioactive isotope is injected into the individual. It traces blood flow and tissue density. The QEEG strictly measures electrical activity and uses 19 sensor placements. The MRI is similar to the QEEG.
If you would like further information or feel that we can help you or your child please call 1-866-GOT-ADHD and you will be directed to a friendly and caring professional eager to answer all of your questions.
ADHD occurring in both males and females with or without hyperactivity is understood to be a disorder of relative “under arousal.” Such individuals show lower and/or slower than average physiological reactions to stimuli. Excessive levels of “low frequency” (drowsy) patterns appear in the brain’s electrical activity. This excess in low frequency brainwave activity is often most pronounced during reading, listening or other non-stimulus tasks, and can look much like Stage 2 sleep. Stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall and others are currently the most commonly recommended and prescribed treatment for ADHD by psychiatrists, psychologists and general practitioners across the United States and Canada. This is because with the introduction of stimulant medication into the body, the patient’s brain activity is pharmaceutically elevated out of a low frequency, under aroused state. Adequate levels of stimulants seem to allow for some measure of focus and attention. One may observe that when we first get hyperactive children to sit or be still, they rapidly drop off into a drowsy state. These folks seem to live at the edge of sleep, much like a driver who is getting tired and involuntarily drops off, even while fighting it. If the tired driver could just get up, move around or just do something different he would become more alert. Hyperactivity in the same way is thought to be the body’s way of attempting to maintain normal arousal in an effort to prevent drowsiness. This is why amphetamine medications (speed) create the so-called “paradoxical” effect of calming down ADHD behavior.