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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Research suggests that the underlying cause of the three different variations of AD/HD (Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder) is very similar to that seen in Autism Spectrum Disorders, to a lesser degree. An individual with AD/HD has difficulty engaging a part of their brain called the frontal cortex. This area of the brain allows us to move, pay attention, become motivated, plan, execute, choose right from wrong, and much more. The frontal lobe of the brain integrates information from various areas of our brain that processes sensory information. This is why most people with AD/HD can focus well on highly sensory-stimulating activities such as video games or when taking medication that increases sensory processing. Optimal You Wellness Center can help individuals with AD/HD by identifying which sensory and neurological networks are working inefficiently and provide various types of sensory and cognitive exercises to enhance processing, control, timing, coordination, and cognition to achieve your goals.

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ADD/ADHD

Optimal You Wellness Center offers state-of-the-art, drug-free treatment for adults and children with ADD/ADHD. Using a wide variety of technologies, we combine highly researched techniques to target specific areas of the brain linked to these conditions. One of these technologies is Interactive Metronome – an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognition and motor skills. This technology is perfect for patients young and old. Interactive Metronome addresses critical brain timing skills by using beats to stimulate auditory pathways within the brain and visual stimuli for the participant to focus on and interact with. Our goal is to improve outcomes in cognitive, communicative, motor, sensory, and academic performance in conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, stroke, and TBI.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common form of learning disability. The word “dyslexia” translates to “abnormal or difficult reading.” However, we now know that dyslexia can be much more than difficulty reading. Dyslexia can impair listening, thinking, speaking, writing, calculating, all in addition to or separate from reading. Dyslexia can be caused by altered developmental processing or acquired through an injury. Currently, there are no medications that help with dyslexia. From a clinician’s perspective, identifying the cause of these difficulties is the first step to help someone overcome their dyslexia. At Optimal You Wellness Center, our doctors assess the entire body and nervous system and evaluate how they are working. This evaluation includes vision and hearing, the ability to process visual (eye movements) and auditory (listening tests) information, and how those functions integrate into the brain. Based on the assessments, each person receives an individualized program of exercises to help them process information better, including eye exercises, coordination exercises, cognitive therapy, and vestibular therapy.

Autism Spectrum of Disorders (ASD)

The Autism Spectrum of Disorders (ASD) are a group of neuro-developmental challenges that traditionally includes Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder that all have common neurological, behavioral, and learning characteristics. While every child with an ASD is different, they all have one thing in common: neurological networks of their brain are not communicating effectively with each other. This does not allow them to properly process sensory information and appropriately respond. Abnormal sensory-motor processing leads to difficulties with coordination, balance, behavior, communication, attention, and more. At Optimal You Wellness Center, we utilize the experience of our clinical team, sophisticated assessments (when able), and cutting-edge technology to functionally “connect” an individual’s sensory-motor processing, regardless of their age. We are proud to be a Certified Autism Centre by IBCCES. Through this training, our entire staff is well-versed in providing the top quality of care for children and adults with ASD.

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