ADHD ADD Assessment and Treatment Program in Edmonton

Zone Psychology Edmonton offers a clinically proven, natural approach to ADHD ADD treatment

A person with a Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggles with concentrating and focusing, becomes easily distracted, overwhelmed or frustrated. ADHD was formerly called ADD, or attention deficit disorder. It cause anger outbursts, difficulty completing tasks, restlessness and the inability to socially engage or connect.

Zone Psychology in Edmonton takes a natural approach to treating ADHD using neurofeedback. While medication for ADHD treats symptoms, neurofeedback targets abnormal brainwave patterns to help stabilize them. 

Neurofeedback is a Clinically Proven, Natural Approach to Treating ADHD

Neurofeedback is a natural approach that is backed by more than 50 years of research and it addresses the underlying factors that contribute to ADHD.

How Does Medication Work?

The standard protocol for ADD/ADHD has traditionally been medication. The role of the medication stimulates the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, attention and movement. Medication is meant to treat the symptoms but are not targeted at correcting the cause.

Can Medication Fix the Problem?

Medication does not cure ADHD – it merely treats the symptoms for as long as you are taking it. Some people experience great success with medication, others do not. A long-term solution requires a different kind of intervention.

How Can Neurofeedback Help ADHD?

The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, abnormal brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently.

Testimonial on Alternative Treatment for ADHD

When Ryan Romanelli was six years old, doctors diagnosed him with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Instead of immediately turning to medications, his mom JoAnne began exploring alternative treatments for ADHD. She tells her story in this video, including how using neurofeedback made a dramatic difference in her son Ryan’s life.

Zone's Educational and Performance Program for ADHD in Edmonton

Unlike stimulants, BrainCore neurofeedback training has shown to have a direct long-term effect on increasing the person’s ability to remain focused and spend extended periods of time concentrating in a problem-solving manner.

In addition, neurofeedback has shown to have a similar effect to stimulants, in that it increases the child’s “natural guards” to inhibit or avoid impulsive actions. Children already taking medication can continue while training. In most cases, it is possible to gradually reduce the dosage as self-regulation is mastered. Frequently, the need for medication is eliminated, but results are not guaranteed and are subject to the individual. 

Neurofeedback training is the opposite of therapy or treatment by means of medication. In neurofeedback training, children quickly recognize that no one is doing “it” to them. They are totally in control, responsible, empowered and working it out for themselves. This feedback is nothing more or less than a useful tool which allows them to learn self-regulation.

The ADD/ADHD program offered by Zone Psychology takes approximately five to six months to complete depending on the severity of the symptoms that the client is experiencing. This is conducted through a minimum of twice-weekly sessions. 

ADHD Assessment and Treatment Process

1. Assessment

  • A Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) assessment and a written report. The QEEG is an assessment tool designed to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns. The procedure consists of placing a snug cap on the head. The brainwave data recorded with the QEEG is statistically compared to a sophisticated and large normative database and a report is generated. This assessment procedure allows the assessment supervisor to determine, in a scientific manner, whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. The QEEG assessment provides our specially-trained staff with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently.
  • Continuous Performance Tests: Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) & Intermediate Visual Auditory continuous performance test (IVA) and a written report of the results from these assessments.
  • A series of Cognitive Performance Tests that measure attention, memory (short and long-term), everyday decision making, and behavioural and emotional control.
  • Abbreviated Neurofeedback Training Session
  • Questionnaires and Behavioural Check-lists
  • Interview and review of history, along with a review of previous doctor’s reports, if any.

2. Zones Regulation Training Program

What are The Zones of Regulation?

Zones of Regulation is a program designed to simply and effectively teach emotional control and behavioural awareness through the use of colours. For more information, contact our office.

The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in, controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.

By addressing underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functions, and social cognition, the curriculum is designed to help move students towards independent regulation. The Zones of Regulation incorporates Social Thinking® (www.socialthinking.com) concepts and numerous visuals to help students identify their feelings/level of alertness, understand how their behavior impacts those around them, and learn what tools they can use to regulate to a more expected state.

The Four Zones

The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”. A yellow sign means slow down or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone, this is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to re-energize. 

All of the zones are expected at one time or another, but the curriculum focuses on teaching the students how to figure out what zone is expected based on the environment and people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, no one would think twice about one being in the Yellow Zone but that would not be same in the library.

The Red Zone

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. A person is described as “out of control” if in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the Zone students predominately need to be in the classroom.

The Blue Zone

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

 

Want To Learn More?

Clients learn how to self-regulate themselves utilizing biofeedback. Regulation of EDR (alertness level), Heart-Rate Variability (to balance the nervous system) and skin temperature are used in fun and interactive manner to enable the clients to learn how to control their respiration, pulse, muscle tension, and RSA (respiratory sinus arrhythmia). Clients receive a personal Heartmath EmWave PSR2 to take home to develop their stress management/coping skills.
  • Reduction in Theta Amplitude & Variability. Theta brainwave activity is a marker for ADD, associated with “tuning out”.
  • Increase SMR & Beta activity in order to be calm and focused

Goal: to gain a more flexible brain and learn self-regulation of individual brainwave states. Be able to remain relaxed, alert and focused without fidgeting.

Utilizing Cog Med and Brain Train’s Memory and Attention Gyms clients engage in several brain training games that improve their ability to focus and develop their working memory and perceptual-cognitive skills (processing speed, decision-making, scanning, and recognition, etc.)
This program was developed by Occupational Therapist Leah Kuypers

Insurance Coverage for Treating ADHD / ADD

Zone Psychology offers DIRECT BILLING. Your treatments for ADHD / ADD may be covered by your health insurance plan or employee health benefits. Contact us or your health insurance provider about coverage.

No Referral Required

You don’t need a doctor or psychologist referral to get a neurofeedback assessment done.

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