For medical management of ADD, our psychiatrist, Dr. Kevin Breen can provide expert diagnosis and psychiatric management
of ADD symptoms, and other related psychiatric disorders that can complicate the treatment of ADD, including mood disorders,
OCD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Breen can also give expert medical advice on the use of nutritional supplementation
that can aid in the managment of ADD.
Dr. Richardson offers a wide range of non-medication treatment for ADD. Play Attention combines
proven teaching methods and cutting-edge technology to help students improve attention skills, improve time-on-task, and reduce
behavior problems. Play Attention measures brain waves and presents feedback in a video game format.
It improves attention skills with techniques like those developed by NASA and the Air Force for their astronauts and pilots,
where even briefest lapses of attention can be fatal. Play Attention has been demonstrated numerous times on
television, including Good Morning America. This prestigious and powerful learning tool uses a sensor-loaded helmet
which enables the wearer to control attention exercises with the mind alone. Within sixty seconds you can make animated
characters swim, fly, or race across the screen by simply focusing on them. That sixty seconds will be the first time
you or your child will witness your attention as it happens. If you lose focus, you lose control of the screen
character. This is known as feedback. With coaching by Dr. Richardson, the student or adult learns
to maintain focused awareness, and what behaviors can detract from mental concentration. Gradually, the student or adult
learn to transition their attention skills to educational objectives, like reading, math, or listening. Play Attention
technology has been researched with people from age 7 to 45 years, but experience has shown it to be effective with younger
and older people as well. Results can be seen in as little as 15 hours, but it takes an average of 40 to 60 hours of
training before the positive results become permanent.
In addition to Play Attention, Advanced Psych Care also offers other proven computerized attention training,
the Captain's Log software by Brain Train in Richmond, Virginia. Captain's Log contains an
enormous number of individual computer games that train 20 different neuropsychological skills that are involved with attention. The
Captain's Log program is individually designed by Dr. Richardson to take into account your child's specific
cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Captain's Log can be done in the office with Dr. Richardson, or the
program can be leased for 1 year for regular training at home. It is recommended that the Captain's Log be
performed at home in conjuntion with the Play Attention training in the office, or can be done on its own.
With Play Attention and Captain's Log, we are exercising the student's brain to perform better on attention tasks.
These brain-based exercises are aimed at improving blood flow (angiogenesis) to the attention centers in the brain (the frontal
lobes) and increasing the neural density (neurogenesis) in the frontal lobes. In order to gain maximum benefits from
this brain-training, we strongly recommend that the student's diet be optimized for brain development, which will include
limiting sugars and simple carbohydrates, increasing consumption of protein, and nutritional supplementation with Pharmaceutical-Grade,
Molecularly-Distilled Fish Oil, antioxidants, and other supplements depending upon the student's particular type of attention
In order to ensure your child's success in school, we also have a broad and inclusive plan for parents to implement
to help your child complete their homework, get organized at home, and develop their study skills to improve their learning
abilities and raise their grades. Below you will find two extensive handouts for the ADD Homework Success Program
that you can read and download. If there are problems identified in how the family communicates and problem-solves around
homework and other issues, family therapy can be arranged with Dr. Richardson as part of a comprehensive treatment
If your child is in public school and has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, then Dr. Richardson can help you obtain
special classroom accommodations for his or her learning problems, called a "504 Plan." Below you will find a downloadable
form which can be used to request specific classroom accommodations for your child.
"I was spending 2-3 hours per night helping my son with his homework and he was barely getting
C's and D's in school. I decided to try Play Attention hoping my Son would get to the point where he could to his homework
by himself and get C's. We are almost halfway through the program and I am completely amazed! My son made the
honor roll for the first time and I NEVER have to help him. I am so grateful to have found Dr. Richardson and the Play
Attention program." --Mother of a 12 year old boy
"Hello, Dr. Brian ; ; ; Thanks again for all your help. We truly feel you did help Taylor
a lot. We will continue with the Captain's Log as long as the computer will let us. Also, please feel free to
use us a reference. I would love to convince other people to go with the biofeedback as opposed to drugs." Dorothy
Haring, mother of a 10 year old Play Attention and Captain's Log student