Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Brain Training to Address ADD/ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are unique attentional disorders which primarily involve slowed frontal brain wave activity and hypoperfusion of cerebral blood flow in the frontal regions, particularly during tasks such as reading.
A variety of disorders, such as anxiety, depression and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), are often co-morbid with ADD, thus creating a plethora of complications in treatment procedures.
Several studies involving the use of AVE in the treatment of ADD/ADHD and its related disorders have been completed. AVE as a treatment modality for ADD/ADHD has produced widespread improvements including secondary improvements in IQ, behaviour, attention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, anxiety,depression and reading levels. In particular, AVE has proven itself to be an effective treatment of special needs children.
People with attentional problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have particular difficulty shifting their pre-frontal lobes into gear (suppressing alpha and/or theta during cognitive tasks, particularly passive,spatial tasks such as reading. However high levels of stimulation (which AVE) provides in abundance have been shown to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity.
The presence of rock music has also been shown to reduce hyperactivity . This may explain why those with ADD do so well with video games and action sports. Unless the activity is exciting (pushing up arousal), the pre-frontal and frontal lobes quickly lose their attentiveness and activation. Theta and/or alpha brain waves increase dramatically and the person “fogs out.”ADHD rarely occurs in isolation and is often combined with other conditions including depression, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and other significant psychological, psychiatric, and neurological problems
Children with ADHD are often disruptive in the classroom, require frequent teacher input, do not generally keep up with their peers in academic pursuits, and often require additional services due to their significant difficulty with all aspects of learning. Additionally, many children are misdiagnosed and actually have conditions of depression and anxiety. Medicating such children with stimulant medications in these cases is contraindicated and may make their conditions significantly worse.
The Brain Blood-Flow Connection
Cerebral Blood Flow (CBF) has been examined in other disciplines concerned with cognition. CBF is linked to cognition.CBF is also vital in brain regulation and attentional disorders. There are decreases in cerebral blood flow in ADD children during reading.
AVE is needed to address the inattention, impulsiveness and behavioral challenges in school-age children, thus reducing the need for medication management of these children and reducing the educational resources that are devoted to responding to their disabilities.
AVE works on students with a history of learning and reading challenges,impulsiveness and a propensity to be distracted and to distract others.
All mental functioning involves an element of arousal, that is, teh awakeness or alertness of the brain. The degree of the brain's arousal dramatically affects how well a particular function can be performed. (It is almost impossible to pay attention if the brain is producing an abundance of alpha or theta waves, just as it is difficult to fall asleep with excess Beta and low alpha activity in an eyes closed condition.
People with ADD/ADHD have difficulty shifting their pre-frontal lobes into gear (suppressing alpha and theta) during cognitive tasks such as reading and so AVE Training is a MUST!
More Oxygen Equals More Brain Power
The frontal lobes of the brain are where the executive functions reside. Executive functions are brain activities that have to do with paying attention to details and remembering them, organizing, strategizing, and planning.
The harder the brain cells work, just like muscle cells, the more they demand nutrition. And just like muscle cells, the nutrition they need is provided by oxygen. Blood brings oxygen and the basic nutrient, glucose, at life-sustaining levels to all parts of the brain. Without oxygen, the brain cells cannot convert glucose into the energy they need to do the work of directing our body's functions. Our brains have an amazing ability to supply extra blood preferentially to those parts in active use.
Extra blood supply over a period of time means you build new neuron connections. And when you exercise those new connections, they become permanent, rather than being pruned out by your nervous system.
The brain has its own method of expanding frequently used pathways, and "pruning" those connections that aren't used. This happens in much the same way you prune deadwood off a tree. Pathways that are more consistently utilized are protected from the pruning process. Stimulation of the pathways increases oxygen to the frontal lobes, and that improves the ability of the "executive functions" and thus the need for AVE!
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