So, what exactly is ADD/ADHD?
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that primarily impairs function in the pre-frontal and frontal regions of the brain. As a result, ADD/ADHD children become impulsive, inattentive and distractable. They also often crave stimulation (good or bad) in an effort to excite their brains.
Many renown entrepreneurs, visionaries, inventors, artists, musicians, scientists and CEOs of corporations have ADD/ADHD. Richard Branson of the Virgin Group of companies attributes his overwhelming business successes to his ADHD! So, properly channelled, the ADHD-induced drive to stimulate and create can be a powerful asset. But without management and direction, it can be excruciatingly difficult for the ADD/ADHD person to regulate him/herself in school, society and in relationships.
All mental functioning involves an element of arousal in the brain – the “awakeness” or alertness of the brain. The level of the brain’s arousal dramatically affects how well a particular mental challenge will be performed. For instance, it is almost impossible to pay attention if the brain is under-aroused, making an abundance of alpha or theta (dreamy) brain waves. And it is just as difficult to fall asleep if the brain is over-aroused, so that even with eyes closed, it is still producing excessive beta (alert) brain waves.
People with attentional problems such as ADD or ADHD have particular difficulty shifting their pre-frontal lobes (the part of the brain behind the forehead) into “gear.” The pre-frontal lobes are responsible for attention, intention and logical reasoning. These areas function poorly in the ADD/ADHD brain because of reduced blood flow and the production of too much slow alpha and/or theta brain waves, especially during cognitive (thinking) tasks and passive tasks (reading).
For those with ADD/ADHD, high levels of stimulation have been shown to wake up the pre-frontal lobes, resulting in reduced hyperactivity, improved attention, and less moodiness.
People with ADD/ADHD do well with stimulating video games and action sports. Unless the activity is exciting (pushing up arousal), the pre-frontal and frontal lobes quickly lose their attentiveness and activation. Theta and/or alpha brain waves increase dramatically and the person “fogs out.”
A lack of stimulation in the typical school setting causes ADD/ADHD children to struggle constantly with mental fog, leading to poor grades.
AVE as a tool to help manage ADD/ADHD
Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) benefits the entire brain and body. This is continually evident and demonstrated by those children who have had the opportunity to use AVE in both school and home settings.
In Canada, the home of Mind Alive Inc (who developed the DAVID-range of AVE devices), many schools have initiated AVE programmes for the benefit of their students and staff alike. More and more children are given the opportunity to realise their innate potential that for many would not have been realised.
The DAVID ALERT is the portable hand-held AVE devices specifically designed to help manage ADD/ADHD symptoms by settling hyperactivity, promoting relaxation, and improving mood & logical thinking.
The AVE sessions on the ALERT are the result of 20 years of combined expertise and research by Michael Joyce of Personal Resource Strategies and David Siever of Mind Alive Inc.
Michael Joyce completed two studies using the DAVID systems to treat ADD/ADHD. His first study involved 30 primary school children from two schools (which was published in the Journal of Neurotherapy) and his second study included 204 children from seven schools, which he completed while he was the Director of Neurotechnology at A Chance to Grow, a special-needs charter school in Minneapolis.
Both studies showed that ADD behaviours were reduced significantly, whilst reading was improved.
The DAVID ALERT device – bred for use in ADD/ADHD
Michael used the DAVIDs’ AVE machines’ unique patented field stimulation ability to generate a different frequency in each hemisphere of the brain. With this technique and a Symptom Survey checklist developed by Michael, he was able to create DAVID sessions that could stimulate or calm the left, right or both hemispheres depending on the symptoms checked off by the child’s parents.
Over time, Michael refined and developed these sessions based on the checklist to produce benefits in specific areas. Now, all of this expertise has been put into the DAVID ALERT AVE device.
The ALERT also features larger easy-to-read, easy-to-operate buttons and allow users to select a session very easily. The ALERT session category buttons are lit to allow the user to see them in the dark. Mind Alive Inc. has been designing and manufacturing mind enhancement products for 30 years, and has conducted extensive research in that time, continually revealing new applications for this ground breaking technology.
For more detailed information about some of the research that underpins the development of the DAVID ALERT AVE device for the management of attention and learning issues, please see here.