The first step in understanding what will help your brain is by doing a brain map. This is called a QEEG, or quantitative electroencephalograph, which involves placing a cap with sensors on the head and recording 20 minutes of data, both with eyes open and eyes closed. The standard procedure is to utilize the International 10 20 System for electrode placement during the QEEG, these areas have been identified as responsible for specific functions of the brain. Once the data has been artifacted and edited it is compared to a normative data base that is both gender and age specific.
This shows us how your brain compares to a person of the same sex and age. It will show if you have too much of a brain wave frequency or not enough (over or under activation). The QEEG (brain map) below indicates three standard deviations of over activation in both the parietal lobes within the theta frequency range and in the frontal lobes within the beta frequency range. This type of pattern could suggest a person that has cognitive processing issues as well as attention, concentration and working memory problems.
The frontal lobes are responsible for our “executive function”, how we pay attention, concentrate, stay on task, finish what we start, and impulsivity. The brain develops from the back forward, and the frontal lobes are not fully developed until the late twenties. The sensory motor strip, the central region, is where all parts of the body connect with the brain, our body rhythms are set here, like our Circadian rhythm which impacts our sleep cycle.
The brain receives information both auditory (temporal lobes) and visually (occipital lobes) and that information is processed in the parietal lobes. The parietal lobes act as a master switch, breaking information down and routing it through the proper neural pathway for the desired behavior to occur. The parietal lobes are involved in all of our reasoning, verbal and non verbal, as well as math and reading. If the brain is over or under activated then the brain can do not perform adequately, at school, work, or on a relationship basis.
We look at how the brain performs from different angles using different testing modalities. We do an Independent Variable Analysis (IVA) that determines how the brain responds, and pays attention to both visual and auditory stimulus. A neuro cognitive test is done that looks for behavior or mood disorders as well as cognitive processing issues. These are done as base line testing so that we have an objective point of reference to measure the change in behavior and thought processing to. Of course, the biggest change is that which occurs in the individual.
The testing can be done in one session or broken down into two appointments. Most people are able to complete all the testing in one appointment which averages 2 hours. The final step is sitting down and explaining the results of the QEEG (brain map) , review the other tests, and recommend a treatment program.