The label is not the point!
There are many different reasons for needing an acurate assessment. We don't test for everything in our office, but we do offer assessments which are relevant and with which we can use to support therapy.
The first assessment we offer is really cutting edge. The Quantitative EEG consists of placing an electrocap (it looks like a swimmer's cap with holes which contain electrodes) on your head, using a conductive gel to bridge the gap between your scalp and the sensor, and hooking the cap up to a monitoring unit called an amplifier.
The amplifier is connected to the computer, which records and analyses the electrical activity of the brain, and graphs them out as an EEG tracing. "EEG" stands for electroencephalograph, which is a big word for "brain wave graph." Once Dr. Novian or one of his techs has verified that the signal is good, Dr. Novian will ask you to close your eyes for aproximately 10 minutes, but not fall asleep. Once he feels he has enough data, he will ask you to open your eyes and stare at a point on the wall, blinking as little as possible, again for about 10 minutes. That's all you have to do! At the end of recording he will remove the cap, clean off as much of the gel as he can, and the session is over.
We then clean up the data and send the data through a normative database. Your brainwave activity will be compared to other individuals your age, handedness, and gender. After all, men and women are actually wired differently!
Once the comparison is done, a report will be generated which explains how your brain is functioning, both on its own and when compared to the database. This report will also show us maps of your brain from an electrical standpoint. The sheer amount of information we receive in these reports is staggering!
While the Q-EEG is a wonderful tool on its own, its real benefit is in planning and implementing neurofeedback protocols. When we know exactly what is going on in the brain, we get a very good picture of what to train, where to train, and what method of training will best address your symptoms!
We believe in being as open with you as possible, and so our fee for the Q-EEG also includes an hour and a half of sitting down with you and explaining what the report says and how it is impacting your life. We discuss what we expected to see based on your symptomology and how the results confirm or deviate from that expectation. The good news is always that we can develop a plan to target those areas of the brain most in need of change, and we can strengthen the parts of the brain that are already doing what they should.
The IVA+Plus Continuing Performance Test
Whenever an attention deficit hyperactive disorder diagnosis is in question, it is a smart idea to look beyond a symptom checklist and a 10 minute interview. We offer the IVA+Plus as an objective assessment of your visual and auditory skills as well as sustained attention, which, in combination with subjective interview, can be used to verify, confirm, or deny the presence of Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
The IVA+Plus takes 20 minutes, and follows a 20 minute clinical interview. The remainder of the hour session is a review of the results and, if desired, a discussion of intervention options. We will go over the approximately 20 page report that the IVA+Plus provides us, and discuss what the results mean, both technically and realistically.