The Society of Applied Neuroscience conference is currently taking place in the Netherlands.
The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre submitted an abstract investigating the effect of QEEG informed neurofeedback in patients with ADHD. If you would like to know more about the conference as well as other abstracts and presentations, please click here.
Dr Neil Rutterford is representing the Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre at the 4th World Congress on ADHD in Milan this weekend.
Dr Rutterford is presenting research conducted at the Centre which evaluates co-morbidities in an ADHD sample and if QEEG measures can discriminate between these co-morbidities.
Please see the attached photo for more details regarding the research.
The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre is now able to offer Occupational Therapy Assessments.
The purpose of occupational therapy is to help the child or young person to achieve or maintain their maximum level of independence and to develop practical life skills so that he/she can participate to his/her full potential in the home and classroom environment. This occurs in partnership with the child’s family or teacher, within the child’s home or school community.
Occupational therapy helps children participate in their everyday lives and occupations to the best of their ability. A child’s occupations are the daily and meaningful activities that they need or want to do.
A child’s occupations include play and learning, exploration of the environment, self-care (i.e. dressing, eating, toileting etc.), school work (i.e. handwriting, organising school work, cutting & drawing and PE).
Assessments can explore the following areas:
- Sensory issues e.g. child carrying out excessive spinning or avoiding touch.
- Developmental skills including motor and play development
- Self-care and functional skills such as feeding, toileting and dressing
- Fine motor skills in relation to handwriting and using a knife and fork
- Gross motor skills in relation to riding a bike, sitting posture
- Visual perceptual skills in relation to handwriting and other functional tasks
- Organisation and planning
Assessment may include the following:
- Parent/teacher/child questionnaires
- Interviews with key people e.g. parents/carers, teacher
- Direct interaction with the child
- Standardised tests
All assessments result in a detailed report with recommendations. If appropriate, bespoke, written advice will be provided to contribute to the remediation of the areas of difficulty identified.
The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre is pleased to announce that we are able to offer paediatric initial assessments and long term care in a Centre in Newport. The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre have collaborated with the Dyscovery Centre to be able to offer this service to our patients. The Dyscovery Centre have provided an inter-disciplinary service for individuals with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) and ADHD for many years. The Dyscovery Centre has also developed a range of resources for DCD, dyslexia, ADHD, handwriting difficulties including the following websites:
If you would like to be seen at the Newport Centre for a paediatric assessment or follow up consultation, please contact the Horsham Centre on 01403 240002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cogmed is a computer based memory training program for both children and adults and is made up of 25 sessions that aim to improve your working memory capacity. Throughout the program, the software adapts to your ability, meaning it increases in difficulty as your performance improves, but drops if you’re finding it too difficult.
Each individual is assigned a ‘Coach’ who will support you through the training to maintain structure and motivation. Prior to the start of training, a discussion will take place between the coach and the individual to determine expectations and goals that they wish to achieve from Cogmed training. Cogmed is a computer program that can be carried out at the LANC or in your own home.
Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind for a short amount of time (secs) and the ability to use this information in your thinking. We use our working memory in many aspects of our lives, such as learning. Other examples include remembering multi-step instructions and reading comprehension.
Each of us have our own working memory capacity, which is specific to each individual; some can hold a large amount of information, some a smaller amount. Those with a small working memory capacity are likely to have difficulties when their memory is overloaded or perhaps when they are distracted.
Research studies using Cogmed working memory training have consistently found that on completion, 80% have significantly improved their working memory capacity. Results have also shown that there are improvements in attention, learning in the classroom, the ability to reason, controlling impulsive behaviours, non-verbal problem solving, reading comprehension and mathematical problem solving.
If you are interested in Cogmed Working Memory training or would like a demonstration of the program, please let us know on email@example.com or call us on 01403 240002.
It is now widely recognised that ADHD is a condition that not only effect’s children but often continues to effect individuals throughout adulthood. In fact, evidence shows that 70% of individuals diagnosed during childhood will continue to show symptoms as an adult.
The current Diagnostic Statically Manual (DSM), diagnostic criteria is primarily constructed for a child population and does not reflect the growing understanding and acceptance of adult ADHD. The next edition of the DSM is planned to be published in 2013. Diagnosis of ADHD will be altered in the following ways; the age of onset will be raised from seven years of age to twelve years of age, whereby symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsiveness must be noticeable by this time. Furthermore, the current DSM states that at least six symptoms must be met, where as it is proposed that this will be reduced to four symptoms for individuals aged seventeen or over. Therefore adults will need to have fewer symptoms for a diagnosis of ADHD and this consequently reflects that ADHD is understood to be a child but also an adult condition.
As a result of this, our ADHD adult clinic is a very important and vital aspect to our Centre. Dr Perecherla, Adult Psychiatrist, has recently joined the Centre to ensure that we can continue to provide care for our patients as they make the transition from childhood to adult services.
The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre is pleased to announce that we are able to offer paediatric initial assessments and long term care in a Centre in Leicester. The Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre have collaborated with ADHD Solutions CIC to be able to offer this service to our patients. ADHD solutions CIC have a superb venue in Leicester where children have access to a wonderful sensory room and outside adventure playground.
If you would like to be seen at the Leicester Centre for a paediatric assessment or follow up consultation, please contact the Horsham Centre on 01403 240002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.