Fundamentally, we apply simple learning principles to provide the brain a greater ability to handle the demands of the patient’s world.
The human brain is one of the most adaptable structures in all of nature. At Drake, we access the brain’s resources and use them to provide our patients with the tools and skills they may have never developed.
Once the brain learns these new abilities, with practice, they can become long-lasting resources available throughout the patient’s lifetime.
ADD/ADHD, Stress, Autism and Asperger’s are neurological disorders – they are specifically based in the brain’s incapacity to respond to tasks it is given. These disorders show under-activity and/or over-activity in areas of the brain responsible for patient’s symptoms. This condition puts many of our life goals beyond our reach.
Letting the Brain Heal Itself through Learning
These disorders have patterns of brain activity that can be monitored by simple Neurofeedback instruments (EEG).
By placing electrodes on the surface areas that are misfiring, the patient can get feedback on what is going on. This enables the learning capacity of the brain to use its special ability to adapt to challenge and perform to its fullest capacity - a chance to heal itself.
This capacity is present in almost all patients (98%). As the brain uses the new pathways it develops to handle the challenges in the patient’s life, it begins to physically strengthen. The underlying secret for long-lasting growth is practice, around which the brain develops.
In most cases, using standard protocols for treating these disorders doesn’t produce optimum results. People are different and some may have unique patterns that must be uncovered. In these cases, additional testing, in the form of Brainmapping will be required to improve the specificity of treatment.
Motivating the Child Patient
Success depends on the patient’s motivation to do well.
Drake monitors the sources of motivation in our child patients by communicating with the parents, siblings, teachers, and others who can impact the child’s motivation.
As the child develops new skills, changes - however subtle - that are recognized and acknowledged by significant others will bolster the child’s motivation. When this occurs, it is highly likely the child will succeed.