Neurodevelopmental / Learning Disorders

Neurodevelopmental / Learning Disorders

NEURODEVELOPMENTAL / LEARNING DISORDERS

If you have been suffering from developmental or learning disorders or believe you are suffering symptoms of these disorders, The Neurovation Canter can help. Neurodevelopmental Disorders include a group of conditions that emerge during early childhood. They can affect a child in a wide variety of ways and are not likely to resolve with growth to maturity – that is, the impact of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is not likely to go away when a child grows up, even if as an adult he or she is able to learn how to cope with the challenges.

Neurodevelopmental deficits can be experienced in impairments of personal, social, attentional, academic and vocational functioning. Neurodevelopmental Disorder diagnoses include Pervasive Development Disorders (such as atypical Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder), ADHD , Socialization Disorders (including Social Anxiety, Conduct Disorder and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder) and Learning Disorders (such as Dyslexia, and Specific Learning Disorder pertaining to reading, spelling, writing, and mathematics).

At The Neurovation Center, we are able to understand and explain the nature and root neurological issues of your child’s Neurodevelopmental Disorder with a level of precision and description that is unparalleled by other testing models. This is done with a simple, safe, state- of-the-art QEEG analysis.

With the QEEG, we can identify neurological causes of the symptoms related to ADHD, Autism, LDD, ODD and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. These are frequently related to the electrical functioning of their brain. With this information, we can now treat Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disorders. What was once a challenge to diagnose and understand is now able to be understood and treated. Our QEEG-based neurofeedback  is at the cutting edge of treatment for Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disorders.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily life functions. Inattention refers to a person’s ability to focus and maintain concentration, without undue distractibility, to accomplish a task. Hyperactivity involves excessive, essentially uncontainable physical motion such as constant fidgeting, an inability to sit still, or the need to keep moving around. Impulsivity means doing things without thinking about the consequences. It is the inability to look beyond the moment, to seek immediate rewards, or an inability to delay gratification.

ADHD can present with one, some or all of these symptoms and are frequently accompanied by (or may result in) other symptoms such as:

  • Mood instability
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Poor socializing skills
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Daydreaming
  • Hypersensitivity to sensory stimulus

It is now widely recognized that ADHD is not a single disorder but rather a catch-all for a range of symptoms that have been poorly understood. At The Neurovation Center, we are able to analyze brain activity  and positively identify the source and nature of ADHD, with a level of precision and insight previously unavailable in the world of mental health diagnostics.

Better yet, The Neurovation Center is one of the region’s leading providers of neurofeedback training, recognized by the American Pediatric Association as a #1 most effective treatment for ADHD. In the vast majority of cases, we are able to treat ADHD to the point that a person is no longer diagnosable. In most cases, those who are on ADHD medications are able to come off and no longer be diagnosed with ADHD.

Neurodevelopmental Learning DisordersNeurofeedback resulted in a 74% reduction in symptomology in our patient Thomas.

Thomas is a 12 year old boy diagnosed with ADHD; you can see all of the symptoms he had, and their severity, listed in the Symptom Tracker to the left. He was on 25mg of Focalin. The results speak for themselves. After 36 weeks, both Thomas and his parents had seen a remarkable change, noted by friends and teachers alike. He is now completely off of his meds, and he does not meet the criteria for ADHD any longer.

 “Getting him off the meds has been HUGE! I was so worried about what his life was going to be like if he had to stay on them. While things like focus, motivation and anger outbursts have clearly improved, the amazing thing is how he has become more affectionate. He actually cuddles, and he is able to cry—things he didn’t do before.” – Thomas’s Mom

At The Neurovation Center, we integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific needs. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

“Avery is doing great! Where she is at now compared to the beginning of the summer is incredible. She just started classes, and the special ed teacher can’t believe her improvements, especially without being on any meds at all. She is able to attend to tasks longer, doesn’t need to be redirected, doesn’t fall off her chair anymore or chew on things. She reads for extended periods of time without stopping, takes schoolwork seriously, and gets her homework done with no problems. I tell everyone they have to come to The Neurovation Center!”

Note: This was someone who did the Summer ADHD Challenge. Avery had an 83% reduction in symptoms treated.

Mother of a 9 year old daughter.

“The changes have been extraordinary. We are currently getting her ready to head off to college two days from now, and things have been crazy, running all over the place, doing last-minute things to prepare. The stress level has been high, and getting along with us is not very easy in these circumstances. Normally, she would lose it, fall apart, become reactive. Her thoughts would become very negative and spiral downward, out of control. She wouldn’t be able to function or stay on-task. Throughout this time, though, she hasn’t once become reactive. She’s handled herself with poise, gotten everything done and stayed on-task. She has even helped to calm us down! Neurofeedback is incredible.”

Note: This is someone who took advantage of the Summer ADHD Challenge to treat ADHD and Anxiety

Parents of an 18 year old daughter

Spectrum Disorder

Spectrum Disorders include Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder These vary widely in symptomology, severity and need for treatment. However, there is a general consensus that Spectrum Disorder is characterized as persistent deficits in social communication and social interactions including deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behaviors, and in the development and understanding of relationships.

Those with Spectrum Disorder will frequently have these characteristics:

  • Ongoing social problems, such as problems with communicating with others, interacting with peers, or being able to perceive and respond to emotions effectively.

  • Restricted, repetitive and/or rigid patterns of behavior, such as adherence to routines
  • Hypersensitivity to sensory input
  • Symptoms are typically identified within the first two years of life and become clearer with developmental delays
  • Symptoms will hurt the person’s ability to function socially, academically, and vocationally

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At The Neurovation Center, we are able to understand the symptoms related to Spectrum Disorders with a degree of precision and level of insight unmatched by any other diagnostic approach. Here are two revolutionary advances in Spectrum Disorders diagnosing that are unique to QEEG analysis:

  1. We are able to identify the electrical brain markers associated with a Spectrum Disorder. This allows us to know whether a person actually has a Spectrum Disorder or has dysregulated electrical patterns in the brain that mimic Spectrum-like symptoms. We have been able to “overturn” several false Autism diagnoses.
  1. We can differentiate between what symptoms are related to the Spectrum diagnosis
    versus those related to a potential comorbid diagnosis. That is, we can differentiate between Autism symptoms as opposed to symptoms that are rooted in ADHD or Anxiety symptoms. This is incredibly helpful, since most individuals with a Spectrum Disorder also develop problems with anxiety or focus because of the stress of coping with their disability. Spectrum versus non-Spectrum symptoms respond differently to treatment.

The Neurovation Center provides state-of-the-art neurofeedback treatment that complements other Spectrum Disorder treatment modalities. Neurofeedback, unlike any other treatment option, maximizes the individual’s brain potential while minimizing the “harder edges” of Spectrum-based symptoms. While we will clearly acknowledge that neurofeedback is not going to “cure” a Spectrum Disorder, it is able to provide significant reduction of key symptoms associated with the disorder.