So, You’ve Been Told Your Child May Have ADHD…
Attention-deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in America today. It’s not hard to see why, as the symptoms associated with the diagnosis (easily distracted, impulsive, lack of attention or focus, can’t sit still, anger issues) are very common in many other conditions. In fact, ADHD is highly comorbid with other conditions and with a host of academic achievement difficulties.
Defining ADHD is not that simple. Generally, it cannot be diagnosed with a physical exam or a lab test, such as blood test or simple scan, or observation alone. Instead, health professionals use an evaluation process to diagnose ADHD.
The Brain Wave Center in partnership with the Psychological Associates of Central Florida () has developed a new comprehensive assessment program to identify and/or to verify the potential for ADHD. This new platform combines standard tests and rating scales typically used to detect the presence of ADHD, but it adds electrophysiologic measures to validate the findings and to identify other potential problems. The program includes: Clinical Review, Parent Questionnaire, Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, Psychometric Test Data and Electro Physiologic Measures ( or Brain Map.) A physical exam is also encouraged to rule out medical problems that can mimic ADHD symptoms, such as thyroid issues.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to assist families to develop an intervention program. Interventions are in two categories, drug and non- or not medication is used, research indicates that some combination of medical and non-medical interventions represent the best-practice approach to managing ADHD. Medication can reduce symptoms severity, while non-medical interventions teach new skills and new ways of managing life’s challenges. The Brain Wave Center / partnership is there to help find the best and most practical intervention modalities for each individual.
Whether you choose to work with The Brain Wave Center or not, when choosing a health care professional be sure to ask about their assessment procedures to be sure that they engage in a comprehensive ADHD evaluation process. At the Brain Wave Center our interventions include Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback, Psychotherapy, Nutrition Counseling, Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy and more to help you rediscover your well–being.
For more information or to schedule your free consult call 941-552-4500, or visit BrainWaveCenters.com.