Finally, Real Lasting Help for ADD & Focus Problems
Do you or your child:
- Have difficulty sticking to a task?
- Get easily distracted?
- Find your mind wandering?
- Lose your place while writing or reading?
- Have difficulty returning to the task at hand when interrupted?
- Misplace papers and resources needed for a tasks?
- Put off finishing a task?
- Find you can only focus during performance or sports or for short times?
- Feel exhausted after completing school, work, or an assignment?
These are common indications of an attention problem most frequently diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD is caused by the brain’s inability to maintain attention and focus, and is commonly treated with drugs such as Ritalin and other stimulants…and because this is just a way of managing the condition, it means staying on these drugs for the rest of your life.
What if you could permanently change your brain, teach it to hold attention and focus for much longer? This is what the Inner Act Optimal Attention Program Offers:
- Improved focus and attention
- Reduced fear and anxiety
- Improved ability to shift focus and to self correct
- Ability to self regulate attention and manage emotions in the presence of change and turbulence
- Improved inner organization
- Ability to quickly return to the present
- Eliminate academic and performance anxiety
The Optimal Attention Program serves as an ADD treatment center, providing long-range help and training for people with specific brain, mind or body limitations or ailments who need to improve, correct or manage the condition. People entering this program are here to improve themselves and become the very best they can be. In essence, we help children and adults to become “Stars in their Own Lives”.
How does Inner Act's Treatment Method Differ from Conventional Treatment of ADD?
In conventional medicine, the standardized treatment for ADD is to prescribe stimulant medication exclusively to remedy all behavioral and academic problems. This approach may cause unwanted short or long-term side effects. Most importantly, children are learning new information in a drug dependent state rather than learning how to commit their attention to learning.
There are very effective alternatives to drugs when treating ADD and ADHD. The Inner Act approach has had great success utilizing Neurofeedback, Interactive Metronome™ and other modalities to create permanent improvement for sufferers of ADD.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends Biofeedback for ADD as of July 2010. Neurofeedback with guided coaching and behavioral tools is extremely effective for ADD because the program intervenes in a millisecond to change fixed patterns of inattention.
While this program is helpful for young people, it has also proven very effective in treatment of adults with ADD.
What separates the Inner Act Optimal Attention Training from other techniques is the centrality of EEG Biofeedback, or Neurofeedback, in the training framework. Biofeedback or Neurofeedback are used either instead of or along with medication.
During a session, the client is sitting comfortably either listening music, watching a movie, drawing, reading or relaxing. The EEG Biofeedback is tracking the electrical activity of the brain and searching for moments that identify “variability”; changes in the brain activity which can result from distraction, irritation, impulsivity, anxiety and other patterns. In a millisecond, the fixed repetitive pattern is interrupted by a pause in the audio and visual feedback, bypassing the conscious mind. The centrality of EEG Biofeedback is core to improving attention.
Over several sessions, the training makes the brain more “flexible” and improves its ability to enrich cognitive/intellectual functioning, and enhances relaxation, concentration and focus. In countless cases, ADD clients have been able to reduce their use of psychotropic drugs or eliminate them altogether.
“For the past five years, the teachers have complained James wasn’t focused. This year he received a glowing report card: He’s attentive, focused, and organized! Compared to past reports it’s almost as if they are talking about a different child, and I suppose in a sense they are! Thank You!”
?A West Hartford Parent
Can Neurofeedback Therapy Help the Young?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes! The Inner Act approach balances the use of Neurofeedback with a series of relaxation and physiological techniques specially tailored for children and young adults. The young brain responds rapidly and comprehensively to the training, allowing long lasting resolutions to functional issues.
The Inner Act approach is “child friendly”. Every child is treated as “special”. Each child walks through our door knowing they are coming for optimal performance training. They share their concerns and worries, and practice relaxation while sitting in a comfortable chair. The process takes one hour, twice a week.
For part of the session, they are able to listen to their favorite music, read, play cards or watch a movie. Whenever they are daydreaming, fidgeting, worrying or locked into a fixed brain pattern, the feedback is interrupted. Soon, they learn that the more consistent their breathing is and the more relaxed they become, the easier it is to keep the feedback going.
“Our son Jack has been meeting with Rae weekly for 9 months now with great success. His attention, attitude and level of cooperation have improved not only at home, but in school as well. Below are some of his teacher’s comments from his latest report card.
“His effort is good and he initiates strategies to help control his attention….overall Jackson’s ability to focus on reading and writing tasks has improved and his attention during small group activities has improved tremendously.”
RECENT TEACHER’S UPDATE:
I just wanted to let you know that Jack passed a level 30 DRA yesterday! He continues to make solid progress in his reading. He read 77 words per minute with 96% accuracy (which went up almost 10 words per minute from his last DRA!) and had 71% on the comprehension portion. I also have noticed recently ? maybe the last month or so ? that Jack’s attention has really improved. He has been very attentive to the lessons in the small group as well as focused during independent work time. He is really concerned about doing his best work and has matured a lot so far this year. Hope all is well with you and let’s keep our fingers crossed for no more snow days! Thanks,
How the Optimal Attention Program Retrains the Brain
Every client that comes to Inner Act receives a program plan that is customized to his or her specific needs and goals. Our programs are flexible, ranging from intensives lasting a week or two to weekly sessions over an extended period of time.
On your first visit, a trained therapist will interview you to learn about your needs, concerns and goals. Prior assessments and diagnoses are considered at this time. We then use a decision tree to identify which conditions we should approach first. Based on the chosen protocol, we then select the appropriate Biofeedback instruments and learning tools.
The Inner Act Program utilizes a complementary set of six components that, in combination, facilitate powerful, positive change in the nervous system. Click here to read about the Inner Act Program.
“It is with delight and enthusiasm that I recommend the brainwave therapy services of Rae Tattenbaum and those of Inner Act.
“My son, Stephen (10) began seeing Rae 18 months ago soon after he was diagnosed with ADD. As parents we sought a non-medicated solution to his ADD, which would help him focus and moderate his energy. Biofeedback offered an opportunity for Stephen to increase his self-control. As a result we have seen an increase in the quality and consistency of his schoolwork.
“Initially, we were apprehensive about Rae’s techniques. But over time, we have found the core weekly brainwave therapy to result in Stephen’s behavior and concentration both at home and at school. Stephen enjoys Rae and her empathy towards him has created a friendship for him.”Rae has remained sensitive to our beliefs and values while challenging us to consider ways to help Stephen. She has also been a strong advocate for us as we have worked with the school system to help assure Stephen’s success.
“My advice to those considering brainwave therapy: keep an open mind, give it time and trust in the process. The results are less dramatic and timely than those provided by Ritalin but we feel far better for our child in the long run.”