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With a normal brain, you should be able to maintain your attention to a single thing and ignore distractions from your environment. If this is difficult for you to do, you may have ADHD with or without hyperactivity. Attention deficit disorders are due to a problem occurring at the level of the brain. At Noel Brain & Spine we have a very high success rate with ADHD.
The strategy that Dr Noel takes to resolve ADHD is to assess the brain for functional deficiencies from the bottom up and then top down. What that means is that deficiencies in the brainstem and cerebellum should be corrected first before addressing the cortex of the brain to influence it’s control over primitive desires and impulsion.
To say it differently, someone with an ocular convergence deficiency or inability to properly maintain their line of sight in different positions of gaze has to go through a proper rehab program to restore those functions before doing more advanced exercises involving voluntary purposeful eye movements and other exercises for the brain.
The next step is to use fast voluntary purposeful eye movements known as Saccades and Antisaccades to reinforce the Frontal Cortex, Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex and the Orbital Frontal Cortex. These regions are associated with focus, attention, executive function, will power and impulse control. By using specific eye movements to activate these regions of the brain you can create long term change called plasticity.
Additional therapeutic strategies can be added using an interactive metronome and biofeedback. A good clean diet and supplements would also be recommended to maximize a successful outcome and to eliminate additional harm to the brain.
The eye movement exercises can be performed anywhere that an iPad can go. Dr Noel created the Focus Builder App with his partner Dr Jason Whittaker, which is designed to be customized for you by a trained Functional Neurologist.
Click here for more information about the Focus Builder App.
5 THINGS YOUR CHILD CAN DO TODAY TO IMPROVE FOCUS
1. Engage in sports that require hand-eye coordination. Tennis, baseball, basketball, football, ping pong, badminton, bowling, and gymnastics – all of these activities challenge your child to use decision making combined with audio/visual cues and physical movement to help improve focus and concentration.
2. Take up a musical instrument. Music forces the brain to keep a beat and requires physical movement as well, which can help neurotiming and focus. Even playing music video games such as Guitar Hero on a Wii can help improve neurotiming.
3. Dance! Encourage your kids to take dance classes at school. Classes like ballet, hip hop, and ballroom dancing will help your child develop a sense of rhythm and timing and improve coordination, which helps with focus and concentration. Video games that require dancing are also great options. For those kids who don’t want to dance, martial arts affect the brain in a very similar way and also help build self-confidence.
4. Play time-based board games. Games that are time-based and require memory skills are great ways to exercise the brain and improve neurotiming. Games like Taboo, Cranium, and Pictionary give your family a chance to spend time together and work your child’s (and your!) memory and timing skills.
5. Play video games requiring hand-eye coordination, decision-making and memory. Video games, when used properly, can help neurotiming. BrainBeat is one such game, but others that can help improve focus are ones that require decision-making, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and memory skills. Make sure you approve video games before your child plays them and allocate time to play during the day that does not interfere with physical activities and school work.