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[Brain Potential Institute]
Attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can devastate
a student, absolutely devastate student. And what it really is,
is an immature prefrontal cortex, which is in the front part of the brain
that actually, it's supposed to lock and load on whatever you choose as stimulus.
When people with ADD and ADHD attempt to concentrate,
that critical part of their brain actually begins to shut down.
So just when you need it to ramp up, it shuts down.
As a result, they have difficulty paying attention to the targeted stimulus.
People say that people with ADD / ADHD do not pay attention.
That's not true. It's just they pay attention to everything.
If you pay attention to every little sound in the room,
every little bit of movement, everything on the walls, everything visual,
then you're not going to be able to complete the task.
So we have to teach the student how to "lock and load" their attention.
We start off with very simple activities for them to do
and then they get harder and harder and harder.
And we layer distractions in a custom fashion for that student,
to teach that student to be able to screen out those distractions,
and then be able to "lock and load" on whatever the teacher designated
or whatever the parent designated. And that's a life-changing event.
And it's so scientific, we can measure it. We have a test called the T.O.V.A. test
which is a "Test of Variables of Attention," where we can actually measure
a student's brain speed. We can measure a student's missing targets, which is
called "omissions." We can measure students that are impulsive
and respond too quickly. Those as they're called "commissions"
and we can measure brain speed variability.
So all of this becomes very measurable, very quantifiable and very repairable.
A lot of parents are asking us,
whether or not they can do brain exercises instead of medication.
What we're finding is that's a medical decision that you make with your doctor
but we do know, that simply taking medication usually is not enough,
that you have to have brain training to actually make your brain grow and mature
and grow new tracks and connections to make those permanent structural changes.
We work with students with medicine [and] without medicine.
We work with them with and without supplements.
That becomes an issue of parent and physician choice.
But, whatever it is that the family is choosing to do,
we can measure whether or not it's successful.