The features of AD/HD impact individuals across multiple areas of their lives. Therefore, at Stone Creek we utilize a NeuroSystemic Approach when addressing clients. While this approach is understandably more intensive, after decades of experience we know this to be the most effective treatment for long-term success and wellness. Services are focused on the following areas:
AD/HD evaluation at Stone Creek is a comprehensive process, addressing functioning in a wide range of areas. Following an extensive clinical interview, the Brown’s ADD Assessment is administered in different forms designed specifically for children, adolescents, and adults. Clients are assessed on their mechanisms for initiating tasks, attending to information, maintaining effort, emotional expression, and memory. In the following session, we explain the results of the assessment in the context of personal and family history. When appropriate, and when requested, we send relevant information and recommendations to others involved in our clients’ larger social systems – school counselors, university disability services representatives and others.
The fact for those with an AD/HD diagnosis is that they possess a special set of biological characteristics – a unique AD/HD brain. These individuals belong to a diverse and dynamic group that includes artists, visionaries, workers, inventors, entrepreneurs, academics, and researchers, to name a few. We educate clients and their families about the many positives that accompany AD/HD, and how to utilize these assets to work around different obstacles they may encounter. We often perform additional psycho-educational assessment to gain further information about strengths and abilities. Clients also learn information about the biology of AD/HD, as well as its history in their own families of origin.
AD/HD includes features that impact one’s ability to regulate behavior, thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a variety of settings. We help clients identify resources to best meet their needs in their academic, work, family, and personal lives. Children, adolescents, and young adults may also benefit from social skills training groups facilitated on site.
In individual and family therapy, clients gain insight into their impact on family systems, as well as the impact of family systems on them. The features of AD/HD can at times complicate transactions in the family system for clients of all ages. We work collaboratively to enhance the quality of these most intimate of relationships.
In most cases, it is not enough to inform clients about the biological processes at work in AD/HD. Individuals need tools to address the neurological dysregulation that accompanies this diagnosis. Psychiatric consultation and neurofeedback training are invaluable tools that impact functioning at a physiological level. Depending on the needs of our clients, and in keeping with our unique approach, we are able to include a wide range of services to provide the best possible outcomes.