Attention Deficit Disorder

UNDERSTANDING ADD & ADHD


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorder, with over 4.5 million children diagnosed in the United States. It is a neurobehavioral disorder resulting in functional impairment due to inattention and/or hyperactivity. In addition to these challenges, children and adolescents with ADHD often experience stigma and shame around their diagnosis.

Neurofeedback therapy trains clients to recognize and regulate brainwave patterns for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders. Research spanning the mid 1980’s to the present reports that neurofeedback can eliminate or substantially reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms in up to 85% of cases. Case follow-ups lasting up to 10 years post-treatment suggest that improved symptoms such as decreased impulsivity/ hyperactivity, increased mood stability, improved sleep patterns, increased attention span and concentration, improved academic performance, and increased attention and memory are not only maintained, but may actually continue to improve after training.  Neurofeedback has also proven effective in treating learning disabilities of many types.

ADD/ADHD affects adults, as well as children. If an adult has ADD/ADHD it is likely to affect his/her work performance and relationships. At our office, we not only treat the symptoms, but help people with coping techniques to improve work performance and relationships.

In addition, we offer coaching, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy to help with the symptoms and repercussions of ADD/ADHD. Our holistic approach creates a strong environment for making progress.

Primary Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Inattentiveness

  • Difficulty paying attention to details

  • Producing work that is often messy and careless

  • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli

  • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities

  • Difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration

  • Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another

  • Procrastination

  • Disorganized work habits

  • Forgetfulness in daily activities

  • Failure to complete tasks

  • Over activity

  • Fidgeting, squirming when seated

  • Getting up frequently to walk or run around

  • Having difficulty playing quietly or engaging in quiet leisure activities

  • Talking excessively

  • Impulsiveness

  • Impatience

  • Difficulty delaying responses

  • Difficulty awaiting one’s turn

  • Frequently interrupting or intruding on others to the point of causing problems in social or work settings.


When internal or external stimulation are not sufficient, individuals with ADHD seek to regulate stimulation levels by changing activities, focus, and/or their experiences. While ADHD can affect all ages, youth are at particular risk for diagnosis and treatment because they face many academic and social challenges.

Behavioral therapy has also been found to be an effective treatment for children with ADHD.

Behavioral Treatments Utilize:

  • Positive reinforcement such as attention, praise, and rewards

  • Punishment such as time-outs, overcorrection, and response costs

  • A combination of token economies and contingency contracting

Benefits of Behavioral Treatment for ADHD:

Avoids long term health risks due to medication exposure
Can be utilized at home in the evening hours when medication is not ideal
Available to children who are unable to take stimulants due to health issues.

More ADHD Resources Available on this Website:

  1. 4 Reasons Not to use Medication to Treat ADHD

  2. Neurofeedback Treatment in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  3. 10 Nutritional Recommendations to Reduce Symptoms of ADHD

  4. 7 Ways Improve the Ability to Control Your Attention

Recommended For You:

  1. 5 Reasons Not to use Medication to Treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  2. Neurofeedback Treatment in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  3. 4 Reasons Not to use Medication to Treat ADHD

  4. Mindfulness Meditation for Attention Deficit Disorder

  5. Anxiety/ Panic Disorders

  6. Impulse Control Disorders

  7. 7 Ways Improve the Ability to Control Your Attention

  8. Dissociative Disorders

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Brownback, Mason and Associates is a group of therapists who treat ADD, ADHD and a variety of disorders in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania. We have been serving the Lehigh Valley area for more than 40 years.

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