The Family's Role in the Drake Treatment Program

For 85% of patients, the complete ADHD Neurofeedback program is 32 treatments. The heart of this program is to challenge those areas of the brain that function inadequately and to allow them to perform at a new and effective level.

Parents and Family Play a Critical Role in ADHD and Autism Treatments

Our orientation defines your role as well as Drake’s in the treatment process. Families that are aware of their responsibilities in the treatment process have much greater success.

The impact of out treatments is proportional to the family’s commitment to the time and effort to participate in them. Many patients show visible results within 8-10 treatments, and the majority are clearly impacted by the 5th week of care at approximately 12-15 sessions. This is the time when family support is most critical.

Why the Family Plays an Important Role in Treatment

The learning process is the central mechanism for change in out treatments; without sufficient motivation on the patient’s part, we will see only partial results.

Skepticism and negative regard from family members will significantly undermine results and can be the primary cause of “another failure” in the patient’s life. The family needs to understand – and live – the fact that the patient can master this simple process – regardless of their prior history.

We all must be opened minded. Let’s not allow past failures to create new ones.


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“David F. Velkoff, M.D., our Medical Director and co-founder, supervises all evaluation procedures and treatment programs. He is recognized as a physician pioneer in using biofeedback, qEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, and neuromodulation in the treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and stress related illnesses including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Dr. David Velkoff earned his Master’s degree in Psychology from the California State University at Los Angeles in 1975, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1976. This was followed by Dr. Velkoff completing his internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology with an elective in Neurology at the University of California Medical Center in Irvine. He then shifted his specialty to Neurophysical Medicine and received his initial training in biofeedback/neurofeedback in Neurophysical Medicine from the leading doctors in the world in biofeedback at the renown Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. In 1980, he co-founded the Drake Institute of Neurophysical Medicine. Seeking to better understand the link between illness and the mind, Dr. Velkoff served as the clinical director of an international research study on psychoneuroimmunology with the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. This was a follow-up study to an earlier clinical collaborative effort with UCLA School of Medicine demonstrating how the Drake Institute's stress treatment resulted in improved immune functioning of natural killer cell activity. Dr. Velkoff served as one of the founding associate editors of the scientific publication, Journal of Neurotherapy. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center-Thalians Mental Health Center, St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, and CHADD. He has been a medical consultant in Neurophysical Medicine to CNN, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Univision, and PBS.”

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