• Looking for the root causes of the problems

  • There are many reasons for not paying attention!

  • Assessment

    Analysing modes of physiological brain function and dysfunction

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Neurofunctional Assessment

Neurofunctional Assessment

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Different Conditions — All rooted in Brain Functions

We don’t rely on labels but on specific symptoms of inefficient brain functions.
Each person is unique. Each brain is unique.

GOAL: Gathering information on the quality of brain functions (central nervous system)
in order to make the most effective and wisest choices of interventions.

STEPS

1. Procedure prior to an appointment

  1. E-mail us or phone us to request an Informed Consent Form.
  2. Download and/or read the Informed Consent Form.
  3. Contact us if you still have questions.
  4. When you are ready to make an appointment, send us an e-mail to confirm that you have read the form, understand and accept the content. You bring this signed form to the appointment.
  5. We will suggest some dates to you and we will set a time slot for the appointment.
  6. A History Form will be e-mailed to you: you fill it in, sign it and bring to your appointment.
  7. A Google map of our clinic (Barrie, Ontario) will be e-mailed to you.

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2. Questionnaires filled in by the client or parents

  • History Form (The History Form will be sent by e-mail when the client makes an appointment)
  • The information will be reviewed in an interview at the first appointment.
  • Symptom Tracking Rating. The client first identifies his main symptoms. Then he rates each one according to its severity on a scale from 1 to 10. On a weekly basis, the client rates the changes occurring for each symptom to measure the progress and provide the therapist information to fine-tune and adjust the training as needed.

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3. Continuous Performance Test – QIK Test measures

  • Integration of the function
  • Management of the arousal
  • Maintenance of vigilance in a boring task
  • Consistency of functioning over time
  • Brain stability

Four subtests:

  1. Inattention (how the person sustains attention in a boring and in a stressful task)
  2. Impulsivity (how the person controls his response in a given situation,either boring or demanding task)
  3. Reaction time (the person’s response time to a given target)
  4. Variability in reaction time (maintaining performance in a known task or in a new task)

“Through the continuous performance tests, we are laying bare some essential qualities of the functioning of the nervous system. The entire cerebral architecture is organized around the chain of events, from sensory inputs to motor output, all under the management of executive function. The attentional set required to perform this task can be thought of as a particular state of the neural networks… A physiologically-based assessment that monitors the training process as well as pre/post assessments. It is a go/no-go challenge test, or what is known as a “choice reaction time” test. The test challenges the person under both high-demand and low-demand conditions.”

– Siegfried Othmer, EEG-Institute

Read:
The Role of the Continuous Performance Test
by Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.

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4. Quantitative EEG – Clinical-Q:

The Clinical-Q was designed by Dr. Paul Swingle, who can be considered one of the founding fathers of Clinical Psychoneurophysiology. He is the author of nine books. A psychologist from Vancouver, who has accumulated a vast experience as neurotherapist.

We know that our brain, our central nervous system, is electric. This part of the assessment consists of a quantitative EEG that measures electrical activity in the brain in terms of brain waves. This evaluation is done in different conditions: eyes closed, eyes open, and performing a task which allows the clinician to observe and compare the brain activity while reading or doing math in comparison to just looking at a target. There are different reasons why a person feels depressed, or anxious, or lacks attention span and experiences difficulty with sleep. This assessment provides information suggesting different brain function signatures.

Click here for more on neurofeedback.

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5. Brief Neurocognitive Testing – BrainCheck

This battery was designed by David Eagleman, a neuroscientist from Stanford University and a New York Times bestselling author.

The six tests are objective and standardized methods to get a snapshot of brain health. These tests yield a measure of: coordination, working memory, cognitive processing, visual processing, reaction time, executive function as well as visual attention and task switching. This battery is especially designed to capture the changes of functions affecting Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. The tests are performed on a computer and can be completed within five minutes by the majority of users.

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6. Neurodevelopmental Assessment

For children we may be using a profile of development designed by a neurosurgeon and his team to facilitate their understanding of the sequential and yet simultaneous brain development. Different tests are used to assess the quality of integration of the main primary reflexes.

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7. For a client who would consider neurofeedback training

A 30 minute session may be included in order for the client to better understand “how it works” before a commitment to weekly training.