CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Memory (working)

Working memory is a form of short term memory where an individual is able to hold information in mind for a brief amount of time, manipulate it, or transfer it to long-term memory. Children with learning disorders such as dyslexia, auditory processing issues, nonverbal learning disorder, or ADHD are more likely to have problems with working memory; and this can often take the form in school settings as a difficulty “staying on track” with tasks or with remembering multi-step instructions. Children who already have underlying problems with processing information or listening have to work extra hard to retain new information, which can inadvertently slow down their processing of information and result in lower performance in school. Working memory allows people to organize information, set goals, and create steps to reach achievements and most of these processes are automatic for most individuals. Poor working memory should not be mistaken for a lack of effort on the individual’s part as it equates to less cognitive space for storing and processing information. This can result in several impairments in everyday living and may impact academic, occupational, or social functioning. There are several programs that exist to help improve working memory skills, such as CogMed; which provide evidenced-based games and activities to train working memory and improve attention deficits. Neuromodulation also holds promise for improving working memory. Often times anxiety can temporarily reduce working memory so it is important to understand any psychological factors that may contribute to poor working memory and treat those accordingly to help individuals improve their mental control.

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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