WHO: The ADD Treatment Center in conjunction with the Neurofeedback Center of Los Angeles
is sponsoring this Summer Camp for High School Students*
WHAT: Each camp will run for 3 weeks and for 3 hours a day, M-F
WHERE: ADD Treatment Center - 24050 Madison St. #111, Torrance, CA 90505
WHEN: July 9 - July 27
TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm or 10:45am - 1:45pm or 12:30pm - 3:30pm
*Participants must be either entering 9th grade in September, 2018 or graduated from 12th grade in June, 2018
**Participants should have a Screening Interview and QEEG recording done in the office prior to beginning the program. Please call the office to schedule this assessment.
BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS:
ü Master essential life skills1
ü Individualized brain mapping2 will tailor the training for each participant
ü Neurofeedback3 will train participant’s brain to focus on important information and screen out extraneous details
ü Fine tune essential thought processes4 that are required to succeed at the highest level of academic, vocational and personal achievement
ü Control stress by developing personalized coping skills5
ü Learn to use your individualized Resonance Frequency for breathing6
ü Our program utilizes the latest scientifically developed techniques7 that participants will take with them when the program ends
ü Our faculty is highly credentialed8 with many years of experience
ü The value of the services rolled into this program exceed $13,5009
1 The latest brain science research demonstrates there are three essential components that unlock the door to success. The first is to teach the brain to think critically and creatively, the second is to train the brain to maintain focus, and the third is to quiet our “fight-or-flight” response and stay in the moment in order to achieve one’s goals. These three key components are woven together in this comprehensive program open to only 54 high school students this summer.
2 Quantitative EEG or brainmapping is a neuroimaging technique that is totally harmless and non-invasive. It allows us to better understanding how a participant’s brain is functioning. Before the Summer Camp begins, we ask a parent and the student to come to our office. We will place 19 sensors on specific areas of the student’s head and record brain wave readings from each of the locations. While this is taking place, a doctor meets with a parent to better understand the student’s strengths and weaknesses. We send the recording of their brainwaves to an analysis service for comparison with age-matched databases. We then use this analysis along with any relevant information a parent provides to design a 15 session neurofeedback program that will shore up areas of weakness and sharpen the student’s ability to focus attention. The participant’s brain will retain what it has learned for the rest of his or her life.
3 Neurofeedback is used to reinforce moments of heightened alertness and train the student’s brain to improve their ability to focus their attention. Attention is a key trait because we cannot control anything we are not aware of, except by accident. Therefore, attention is powerful determiner of successful goal-directed activities. Neurofeedback or EEG Biofeedback has been used since the late 1960’s to treat epilepsy and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. However, it has also been used by peak performers in Olympic level sporting events and performance artists to enhance their ability without the use of drugs or other artificial enhancements. There are, literally, hundreds of studies that demonstrate the efficacy of this training and we are only at the beginning of understanding its potential in terms of neurorehabilitation and helping to maximize our mental potential.
4 The student will attend a 1.5 hour integrated and interactive learning seminar every day of the camp. This seminar, titled Studies in Meaning, will be presented by the individuals who created it. These studies were developed to enhance participants’ skills in critical and creative thinking - skills that are directly linked to optimal academic achievement and performance. The best colleges assume incoming freshmen will exhibit a superior ability to memorize information, have mastered grammar and are proficient in college-level vocabulary. What admissions committees seek are students who have clear patterns of thought, both critically and creatively. This seminar enhances the ability to read, think, and write, with not only academic understanding but with psychological understanding as well – thus, its creative component is integrated with its critical reasoning. Exercises will fine-tune the student’s logical, critical, and analytical abilities. This insures in-depth learning and distinguishes this education from rote or superficial learning. Applied to the SAT/ACT testing, the Studies in Meaning curriculum trains test-takers to analyze the meaning of challenging reading passages that require making subtle distinctions in meaning, interpretations, inferences, projections, implications, and logical reasoning. In order to develop creative thinking, students will write precise and meaningful timed essays and associative impressions on a variety of classic themes.
5 Stress Management: Most people are aware that a little bit of stress can be helpful, it gets us motivated; we become more productive when we have a deadline to meet. However, managing our levels of stress is never easy because life’s challenges cannot be planned for or timed just right. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed, and we fear that we will never get everything done that is expected of us. Some of us may find ourselves chronically sleep deprived or are exhibiting painful physical symptoms, such as headaches, anxiety, or stomach upset. When we lack effective coping strategies, we not only perform poorly but our lives can get dragged down with bouts of sadness or anger. There are ways to learn to cope more effectively with stress and channel that energy into productivity and success. Participants will carefully examine their sources of stress and learn effective ways to cope. In addition, participants will learn how to use technology positively to help calm both the body and the mind. Mindfulness refers to a state of being where true “peace of mind” becomes possible. This program nurtures the student’s ability to access this mental state so when they leave the program they will own this life-enhancing skill.
6 Resonance frequency breath training will be used in conjunction with Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback. Our cardiovascular system resonates the same way that a musical instrument does. This rhythm is called the ‘‘baroreflex’’ and it helps to manage our blood pressure. When we train this, we are better able to enter a calm emotional state with less reactivity. This training also promotes breathing efficiency, which, in turn, allows for greater oxygenation of brain cells that improves our focus and ability to concentrate. When blood pressure goes up, the baroreflex causes heart rate to go down, and when blood pressure goes down, heart rate goes up. This causes a rhythm in heart rate fluctuations. When a person breathes at this exact rhythm (which varies among people, generally between 4.5 and 6.5 times a minute), the system resonates. Much like the sound of a vibrating string resonates in a violin and creates a loud sound, our resonance frequency produces the biggest swings in heart rate between inhaling and exhaling. When people breathe at this frequency, the baroreflex system is stimulated and strengthened. Because the body is a networked system, there are projections to other systems in the body (e.g., inflammatory and limbic systems) and we experience many beneficial effects. Since person has their own unique resonance frequency, Dr. Vanessa Jung will meet with each participant during the camp to determine his or her ideal frequency.
7 The neuroimaging we utilize (QEEG) only emerged from brain research laboratories about 15 years ago and is constantly being updated as new findings are uncovered. We use state-of-the-art recording techniques and send the data to experts to analyze. We have a neurologist and radiologist consulting with us and participant’s parents will receive a report from the neurologist and a doctor will review the results with your family. In addition, this assessment will guide and direct the student’s neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback and biofeedback are non-drug treatments used to both remediate disorders and enhance performance of athletes, corporate executives, and artists in a wide variety of arenas. This use of technology is slowly being accepted within the repertoire of psychologists and physicians because it is truly life changing and effective.
8 Our clinical director is Dr. Gary Schummer. He is a 30-year veteran and pioneer in the field of neurofeedback and brain mapping. He has trained over 3,000 patients using neurofeedback and has worked in the South Bay for most of his career. Dr. Phillip Tirman is a physician specializing in radiology and is the medical director of our center. He is an internationally recognized expert in MRI and brings his many years of experience to help guide the training your son or daughter will receive. Dr. Vanessa Jung is the new co-director on the Center and she specializes in teaching peak performance to young adults and executives. Educators and authors Sharon and Joseph Sguigna are the creators of a highly successful critical and creative thinking curriculum called Studies in Meaning. Rounding out our team is our highly trained staff of neurofeedback technicians who coach and implement the neurofeedback training protocols that are individually designed by our clinical and medical directors for each participant.
9 Here is our standard pricing for the services we rolled into this program if purchased separately:
Screening Interview $ 312
Quantitative EEG $1,774
Medical review & treatment planning $1,100
15 Neurofeedback Sessions $3,795
15 Heart Rate Variability Sessions $3,795
15 - 1.5 hour Educational Seminars $2,400
Post Camp Report Card $ 110
Resonance Frequency Evaluation $ 275
$13,561 V A L U E
Although we take it for granted, when a human being engages in thought, that activity is the most powerful exchange of energy that we know exists. Thinking is, by far, the best thing we have going for us. However, while human thought has facilitated marvelous advances, experts tell us that the decisions we make in the near future will ultimately decide the fate of our species. To successfully address the challenges we face, we must nurture the best and brightest minds among us. While GPA is highly positively correlated with an ability to memorize information, it is not correlated with the most important abilities, i.e., thinking critically and creatively. Consequently, college and university admission committees are seeking ways to find young adults who have these abilities.
Scientific investigation, particularly of athletes, has focused on discerning the key factors that are required to consistently perform at optimal levels or, what is called, “the zone”. Not surprisingly, there are a myriad of factors a person has to master that determines the quality of their performance and different tasks require the development of unique skillsets. For example, when a person is being evaluated in an area that requires physical skill, muscle strength, repetition, and dynamic flexibility training emerged as the key factors that determine success. Whereas, the traits required to become a top performing manager depend on one’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
While mastery of certain skillsets is a critical factor in determining success, the three essential components mentioned above (i.e., ability to think critically and creatively, maintain optimal focus, and stay in the moment) are foundational aspects of this summer camp experience. We want participants not only to be successful at certain tasks, but to develop an attitude of success.