The ADD Centre® & The Biofeedback Institute of Toronto®

The ADD Centre® - Adults and Children

A. Basic Program:

1.) ASSESSMENT: (approximately 3.5 hours + extra time if a 19 Channel Assessment is needed )
  • Interview and history taking. Review of previous assessments, if any. 
    • Continuous Performance Tests: Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) & Intermediate Visual Auditory continuous performance test (IVA)
    • EEG Assessment to investigate brain wave patterns associated with concentration and attention
    • Abbreviated Training Session
    • Questionnaires and Behaviour Check-lists
    • Adults require additional “stress-test” for Psychophysiological Variables (approximately 1 hour)
2.) PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING: (> 3.5 hours)

  • Intelligence -WISC-IV / WAIS-IV;
    • Academic screening of reading, spelling and arithmetic - WRAT4
  • Woodcock-Johnson (WJ-3)
    • Other tests as needed:  LET-II (auditory & visual memory), Bender-Gestalt, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Tower of London, Raven’s Progressive Matrices or Matrix Analogies Test
3.)   Training: (done only if assessment indicates you are an appropriate candidate) 

  • 50 minute sessions involving steps A to D below.  The goal is Optimal Performance for each individual.  Forty to sixty sessions should achieve lasting results in most cases. 
4.)   Progress testing:

  • after 40 sessions. This is done with a verbal report at NO CHARGE.    ******(If a written report is requested there will be a fee.)******
A: RELAXED and ALERT MENTAL STATE:

  • Regulation of EDR (alertness level) and skin temperature using Biofeedback with respiration, pulse, muscle tension, RSA and Heart Rate Variability (HRV), as required.
B: FOCUSED CONCENTRATION using Neurofeedback:

  • 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 brain wave states. Be able to remain relaxed, alert and focused without fidgeting.
C: LEARN METACOGNITIVE STRATEGIES:

  • Active Learning Strategies – learning how to learn
    • Strategies for Listening, Reading, Remembering
    • Strategies for Written and Verbal Presentations
    • Strategies for Mathematics
D: TIME & MEMORY MANAGEMENT:

  • Organization skills and time management: using a planner/agenda
    • Mnemonic devices and study skills
E: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT:
  • These additional exercises, done without neurofeedback, help  with special learning needs. Captain’s Log is a computerized program that trains 21 cognitive skills including auditory and visual attention (focused, selective, sustained, flexible and simultaneous), working memory (holding information in mind while simultaneously processing it), visual and auditory information processing (speed, perception, classification, sequencing, tracking), fine motor skills (speed and control) and response inhibition. LEXIA is a programme for reading skills.

B. Other Programs - Designed individually for clients who present with other difficulties such as:

Focus & Concentration:
  • Attention span problems
  • Learning difficulties
Optimizing Performance:
  • Executives
  • Athletes
Seizure Disorder
Mood Regulation:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Depression (mild)
Autistic Spectrum:

  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • High Functioning Autism (PDD)