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
How Does Medication Work?
Can Medication Fix the Problem?
How Can Neurofeedback Help ADHD?
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
2. Zones Regulation Training Program
What are The Zones of Regulation?
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 Yellow Zone
The Green Zone
The Blue Zone
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
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- 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.
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.