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ADHD Evaluations

Deciding if a child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects between 8-12% of school age children in the United States. It is a neuro-behavioral disorder that can be a challenge to diagnose as physicians must rely on second hand information from parents, teachers and relatives, who may all have different impressions about the severity and impact of the symptoms. Therefore it is often viewed as a very subjective diagnosis.

ADHD symptoms are extreme forms of common behaviors such as: inattention (difficulty staying focused and on task) hyperactivity (inability to control movement and sit still while working) and impulsivity (inability to restrain inappropriate responses).

Potential treatment options for ADHD include:

  • Medications
  • Behavioral intervention strategies (Cogmed)
  • Parent training

Quotient™ Testing

The Quotient™ ADHD System uses a scientific approach to aid in the diagnosis of ADHD. It is a 15 – 20 minute, non-invasive test that is done in the doctor’s office. New England Center for Healthy Minds for Mental Health is currently one of a select group of facilities that has been granted early access to the Quotient™ ADHD System.

The Quotient™ ADHD system does not replace traditional methods of ADHD diagnosis. It gives Providers one more piece of information to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

The Quotient™ ADHD System was developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital. The primary goal of the group was to develop the Quotient™ ADHD System to provide physicians, patients, and parents with greater clarity and confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD through the use of objective measurements of all three core symptom areas: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

During the test the patient sits in front of a computer screen and is asked to respond to geometric shapes as they appear. A motion detector tracks and records the child’s movements. The Quotient™ Patient Report will clearly illustrate how the patient’s performance compares to non-ADHD individuals of the same gender and age. It is also useful in finding the correct medication dose, based on objective results.

Click here for the Quotient System Brochure

Additional Resources for ADHD and the Quotient™ System:
Quotient Testing Video, WBZ News
TIME Magazine Quotient Article

Cogmed Memory Training

Cogmed Working Memory Training™ is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory. It is based on strong scientific research and is delivered under the supervision of a qualified New England Center for Healthy Minds Cogmed Coach.

The complete program includes:

  1. Initial Interview
  2. Cogmed Training
    • Start-Up Session
    • Five weeks of training with weekly coach calls
    • Access to the Cogmed Training Web
  3. Wrap-Up session
  4. Six month follow-up interview

Working (short term) memory is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next. With a working memory deficit, it is difficult to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan next steps, remember instructions, start and finish tasks. Studies show a deficit in working memory often leads to difficulties in school especially in reading comprehension and math.

COGMED Resources Online:
How It Works
Webinar
Demonstration Video, COGMED for children and young teens
Demonstration Video, COGMED for older adolescent and young adults