John F. Shackelford, Psy.D.
ADHD is real. When frontal slow waves (Theta) are prevalent, the mind is drifting, causing focus problems. Too much Theta can lead to hyperactivity and impulsivity for some. Excessive slow wave activity prevents the brain being activated or "turned on." This can lead to trouble learning and to behavioral problems. This affects youngsters and adults, limiting their natural intelligence and ability, making it hard for them to reach their full potential.
Having assessed ADHD for twenty years involving over 1200 cases, (whew!) I take an efficient approach using three tools specific to ADHD: Tova test, Brain wave exam, and questionnaires.
1. History of their attention problems and any behavioral problems.
2. Have parents, teachers, or student complete an ADHD questionnaire.
3. Administer a "continuous performance test." I use the TOVA test which
gives an objective measure of their ability to stay focused over 20 minutes.
Their results are compared to others their age and sex.
4. I administer a brief brain wave test (non-invasive) to see if they have
similar brain activity as those with ADHD. This test can shed light on which
subtype they have with implications for treatment.
5. I give the parents or the adult feedback and write a summary of my
findings with treatment recommendations. In many cases I send the
the report to their physician or healthcare provider.
Fee for first hour is $180. Second session is $160. I take insurance so if you have met your deductible, you may only have a copay for each session. This includes report to you and your physician if you want medication.