Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity)
If your child is struggling to pay attention the first step is to create a blueprint of your child’s development. Often children that are diagnosed with higher brain problems, like ADD/AD(H)D, the developmental process has not been evaluated. Our development begins in the womb and carries on for years. Initially, our brain is controlled at the brain stem level. It is the navigation of movement that begins to wire up the brain. When we arrive in this world we can’t read, write, or do arithmetic. What do we do… we move. If developmental milestones are delayed or not reached timely there are fewer neuronal connections made in the higher part of the brain.
AD(H)D Brain Types:
Traditionally, there are 7 classifications for attention issues: Classic, Inattentive, Overfocused, Temporal Brain Region, Limbic Brain Region, and Ring of Fire. A QEEG brain will identify the classification. Typically, a child struggling with AD(H)D will have excessively slower brain waves, known as Theta and Alpha, saturating the front of the brain. The front of the brain impacts “executive function”. Often the “ring of fire” type is illustrated as excessive Beta brain waves or very fast brain waves.
Brain waves are named based on their frequency: Delta 1-3 Hz are our sleep waves; Theta 4-7 Hz are our twilight sleep, subconscious, imagination; Alpha 8-12 Hz are known as “the idle”; Low Beta 13-15Hz are dominant during daytime and active concentration. Over the middle of brain, Low Beta, coordinates sensory motor connections; Beta 15-20Hz are seen with increased energy and stress, and performance; High Beta 18Hz and up are seen with anxiety, agitation, restlessness, and top performers.
Attention is a learned response. The developmental sequence begins with you “attending” to your baby. Our development ensures innate responses to our needs through the primitive reflex system. Over time, your toddler begins to learn to pay attention to self. The best example is when we teach our little one to “potty train”. As the child becomes more familiar and comfortable in their environment through “self-awareness” they can begin to pay attention to others.
The CMB Difference:
At CMB, we have a 3-tier approach to evaluate your child’s unique developmental story.
- Brain – A comprehensive approach through QEEG will identify how your child’s brain is wired from the bottom up;
- Chemistry – Evaluate your child’s internal biology through functional labs;
- Mechanical – A thorough assessment of your child’s developmental milestone acquisition.
The QEEG brain map reflects how your child’s development has influenced their brain maturation. Since children are closer to the beginning of their life, their developmental journey has created manifestations of brain wave organization and power. Combining the QEEG with a developmental assessment provides a complete picture as to why your child may be struggling to pay attention.