Services

Our specialty is Neuropsychological evaluations. We perform testing for the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities, attention disorders, neuro-development disorders, auditory processing disorders, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, and social and emotional issues and traumas.

A neuropsychological evaluation is a critical part of understanding a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses. Our testing is very comprehensive and evaluated function in the following areas:

  • Once we understand how smart someone is we have a baseline of what they “should” be able to do.

  • There are many types of learning disabilities, reading, writing and mathematics. Reading disorders known as Dyslexia can present a multitude of symptoms and understanding the type of dyslexia a person has will help guide the most appropriate treatment for them.

  • Understanding how a person learns will assist us in developing teaching strategies to help them retain the hardest material.
  • There are many types of attention, visual, auditory, competing, sustained, shifting, impulsivity/hyperactivity, and divided attention. By identifying their strengths and weaknesses with attention we can clearly understand where the attention deficits are impacting them and then guide how to best approach a treatment. We also obtain parent and teacher feedback to round out the attention measures across various settings.
  • Measures how a person visually perceives the world and integrates visual and motor planning.

  • Evaluates receptive and expressive language abilities and auditory processing.

  • Evaluates social skills, social motivation, communication and social interaction, these tests can help identify autism and social anxiety disorders.

  • Evaluates how an individual is functioning emotionally, identifies anxiety, depression, aggression, trauma, adjustment and personality characteristics.

Once all the identified testing has been completed the tests are scored and a comprehensive assessment is written that provides an overall understanding of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses along with a diagnosis if appropriate and a comprehensive list of recommendations. We tailor an assessment that answers the referral question and is a functional document that assists with treatment planning and accommodations.

Therapy

Including: Individual, couples, and family therapy.

Social Skills Groups

We also offer social skill groups at both our town and Pearl City locations. These groups are held on Saturdays for one hour. Groups are age specific and tailored to high functioning ASD and ADHD children dealing with issues such as social situations, how to make friends, change, and social etiquette, bullying, social motivation and coping skills. We also offer Lego groups using the theme of Legos to enforce social skills making this group appealing to our younger students.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback (or EEG biofeedback) is the form of biofeedback that assists people in altering the electrical activity of their brains. The reason neurofeedback is of special concern is that the brain is a central contributor to the emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors for which people often seek consultation and help. The effectiveness of neurofeedback is thought to come from training the brain to selectively enter a variety of mental states and thus break out of persistent cognitive and emotional patterns.

EEG biofeedback, in a sense, is a form of exercise for the brain. Neurofeedback encourages greater awareness and regulation of bodily functions, cognitive processes, and emotional states.

Many published clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of neurofeedback for treating various problems, including head injury, ADD/ADHD, seizure disorders, and depression. Professional and anecdotal reports support the use of neurofeedback for many other disorders, as an alternative or complement to conventional/standard forms of treatment.

QEEG-Brain Mapping

Neurofeedback training is often directed by a brain mapping technique called quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG). EEG instruments measure the electrical activity of the brain from multiple sites on the scalp. The EEG data is then analyzed and compared to a normative database in order to assess brain function. Additional databases specific for traumatic brain injury, depression (unipolar and bipolar), ADHD, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, and dementia can be used. A QEEG assessment can also assist your physician in selecting medications most appropriate for your brain.

 

Brain Mapping

Treatment

At your first visit, a history of your symptoms and previous treatments will be reviewed, and selective biofeedback and or neurofeedback assessments will be performed. A typical course of treatment ranges from 5 to 40 sessions, depending upon the condition. For most effective and enduring results, it is often recommended that clients come for sessions at least two times per week. Changes are often experienced within the initial ten sessions. Neurofeedback training is similar to learning a new motor skill. It takes time and repetition to get results.