Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the name of a group of behaviors found in many children and adults. People who have ADHD have trouble paying attention in school, at home, or in the workplace. Children may be much more active and/or impulsive than what is usual for their age. These behaviors contribute to significant problems in relationships, learning and behavior.
So what causes ADHD? Recent studies have documented a decrease in brain function, specifically the right side of the brain, as a potential cause. This has been labeled a “Functional Disconnect” between the right and left side of the brain. This Functional Disconnect can occur because of altered genetics but studies have shown that it is because of a decrease in correct sensory input to the brain. This leads to an “immature” right side of the brain and an inability to function correctly. Additional studies have shown that structures on the right-side of the brain receive less blood flow and are smaller than left-sided structures in patients showing signs of ADHD.
Specific exercises, including vision therapy, vestibular/balance therapy, and timing exercises have shown impressive results with ADHD. After a detailed examination, a “patient-specific” rehabilitation protocol is given to each patient based upon their specific findings.
Our testing and treatment for ADHD include the following:
C3 Logix – This is an objective test developed by Cleveland Clinic to determine “baseline” function of cognitive skills, motor skills, balance and other deficiencies ADHD patients may have. At the end of care a final test will be performed to document your improvement.
Eye Movement Therapy – Many patients with ADHD have a very difficult time with normal eye movements. This can lead to difficulty reading and can increase the level of frustration in school or at home. Specific testing may be performed to document what eye motions are abnormal and appropriate exercises will then be prescribed accordingly.
Interactive Metronome – Once the patient sees improvements in right brain function, they transition into allowing right and left brain to function correctly with each other. The Interactive Metronome uses tones heard through head phones while performing specific motor patterns helping the brain form permanent connections with the right and left brain.