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    What Are Pervasive Development Disorders?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Every child develops at his or her own pace. However, some children are clearly behind their peers when it comes to social interaction and nonverbal communication skills. If your child has a limited number of interests and exhibits repetitive behaviors, he may have a pervasive developmental disorder. The earlier you take your child to a doctor, the earlier he can receive treatment.

    The term “pervasive developmental disorder” refers to a class of development disorders that includes autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Rett’s disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder. Children with symptoms that are not characteristic of the above disorders may be diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, or PDDNOS. Most doctors are hesitant to diagnose young children with any one development disorder, and use the term “PDD” during the early stages of treatment.

    With the right treatment, your child can live a perfectly fulfilling life despite a developmental disorder diagnosis. To learn what drug-free treatment for autism and other disorders involves, call the Attention & Achievement Center at (877) 416-1641. We proudly serve the children and parents of Pleasanton, CA.  

    ADD: Comparing Neurofeedback Treatment with Medication

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, can be a tremendous disruption to a child’s life. The condition is marked by concentration difficulties that cause trouble in school and at home. The traditional treatments for ADD are psychostimulant medications. These drugs work for many patients, but are associated with many serious side effects. Neurofeedback is a drug-free treatment for ADD, but is it really as effective as the medication alternative? Here is what you need to know.

    Treating ADD with Medication

    The psychostimulants used to treat ADD work by helping patients focus more effectively and drown out distractions. Some of the most common medications include Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin. These medications are effective in treating between 70 and 80 percent of ADD cases, but symptom relief comes at a cost. Psychostimulant medications can cause decreased appetite and weight loss, headaches, sleep disruptions, and jitteriness. They may also aggravate depression, anxiety, psychosis, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients undergoing treatment for ADD with medications need to be monitored closely by a doctor.

    Treating ADD with Neurofeedback

    Neurofeedback offers a drug-free treatment option for ADD patients. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics designated neurofeedback as a Level 1 treatment for ADD. That means that it is a “best support” treatment – or that the results are reliable enough for the treatment to be considered effective. Neurofeedback works by helping patients become more aware of their body’s reactions to stimuli so that they can gain more control over the executive functioning center in the frontal lobe of the brain. Controlling this center means improved concentration and focus. After a series of sessions – usually between 10 and 20 – neurofeedback provides the same results as medication, without any of the side effects, according to reports in PsychCentral.

    If you’re interested in drug-free ADD treatment for your child, make an appointment for an evaluation at the Attention & Achievement Center. Let us explain our ADD treatments and how we can help your child gain symptom control without dangerous side effects. Call us today at (877) 416-1641 to learn more.


    ADD/ADHD: One Parent's Story

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When you first learn of your child’s ADHD diagnosis, you may feel confused, angry, or sad. However, your child can lead a normal life if you continue to offer your love and support.

    In this video, the mother of a child with ADHD and dyslexia discusses her experience with the disorders. Though the diagnosis came as a shock, everything started coming together when the daughter was in high school. The mother received plenty of help from friends, family, teachers, and others. Her greatest piece of advice for other mothers is to find something your child loves and focus on it.

    If you suspect that your child has ADHD, call the Attention & Achievement Center at (877) 416-1641. We’re proud to provide drug-free treatment for ADHD for children in Pleasanton and elsewhere in the Bay Area. 

    Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Children with auditory processing disorders may struggle to read and write despite being of normal intelligence. The problem is that that these children have difficulty understanding speech and using information that they hear. There are drug-free treatments for auditory processing disorders that can help you child overcome his or her challenges and succeed in school. What exactly are auditory processing disorders, and what can be done to control them? Here is what you need to know.

     What Are Auditory Processing Disorders?

    Auditory processing disorders are not easy to define. They refer to a group of learning disabilities that are marked by difficulties in processing speech and other sounds. Children with auditory processing disorders, or APD, struggle to use information they hear to follow directions and perform tasks. It is a neurological condition that impacts the higher auditory neural pathways. With APD, there is a delay in the arrival time of electrical impulses from the ears, which means heard signals are often misinterpreted.

    What Are the Symptoms of APD?

    Children with APD have trouble remembering and understanding instructions. They also often have difficulty with phonological awareness, because these children struggle to properly understand letter sounds. Trouble remembering word sequences is also common. Not all children with APD experience the same symptoms. APD is not associated with hearing disorders.

    How Is APD Diagnosed and Treated?

    Teachers are often the first people to note issues that could be linked to APD. After hearing problems are ruled out, a series of tests can determine if a child suffers from APD. There are several drug-free treatments that can be used to treat APD, including EEG biofeedback and sensory integration training.

    Could APD be affecting your child? Make an appointment at the Attention & Achievement Center to learn more. We provide a range of drug-free treatments for APD and other conditions, including ADHD, ADD, and autism. Schedule an appointment by calling (877) 416-1641. 

    Is ADHD Genetic?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Getting to the root cause of ADHD is frustrating to doctors and parents alike. Although there are clues that point to potential triggers of the condition, the exact cause remains unknown. There is a strong likelihood that a number of different factors can contribute to ADHD cases, one of which may be genetics.

    There is a strong correlation between ADHD and genetics. Children with ADHD are four times more likely to have a relative with the condition than those without it. Scientists have not isolated the specific gene, but they suspect that one involved with dopamine production may be to blame. Some children with ADHD carry a gene that is linked to thin brain tissue in the part of the brain that controls attention. In these cases, the brain tissue usually thickens throughout childhood, which causes ADHD symptoms to decrease.

    With Attention & Achievement Center, you can get your child the ADHD treatment he or she needs without risky medications. Find out more about our methods of treating ADHD without drugs by calling (877) 416-1641.  

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