Mendability™ is launching a 6-week pilot program tailored to children with AD/HD. The program guides their parents through a series of exercises to do with their children every day that can substantially improve the functioning of the brain and balance the nervous system of individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder.
Mendability’s drug-free approach has been shown in clinical trials[i] to significantly reduce symptoms in a short time frame, even in older children. Many individuals see improvement in days and weeks and most experience lasting changes within 3-6 months. This program builds on the success of Mendability’s Autism program and is backed by decades of research that shows Sensory Enrichment can strengthen our brains and balance the neurotransmitters that regulate mood.
“Our exercises are simple – they may even look goofy – and so when we say that they strengthen the brain, improve focus, reduce irritability, calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety, insomnia and anti-social behavior, it sounds strange. But, to me, showing parents that they can improve how their children’s brain works simply through mostly pleasure is very powerful.”
states co-founder Kim Pomares.
“Our Sensory Enrichment therapy is great news for families with children struggling with AD/HD as these protocols are easy to do, can be done at home without any special training, does not strain the family budget and they are very effective”,
adds Eyal Aronoff, co-founder of Mendability™
(Mr. Aronoff was the co-founder of Quest Software™ which was recently sold to Dell™ for $2.4 billion. His daughter and his nephew both benefitted from the therapy)
Where and When
The program will run for 6 weeks on Saturdays from November 9-December 14th from 10:00-10:30AM. There is no charge to participate in this 6-week program. The program is usually offered as an on-line resource to families and individuals around the world, but this pilot Project offers individuals a rare opportunity to work with the co-founder of Mendability™ personally and to learn the protocols in a group setting.
“Running this group allows us to teach our protocols in person and to closely monitor and track results. While there are years of research and many success stories related to Autism we are in the beginning stages of collecting data for AD/HD. Early prototypes and Beta testers showed excellent results based on self-reporting. In exchange for being a part of the pilot program there will be no charge to participants and they will have the benefit of working one on one in a group setting with the co-founder of the company.”
states Kim Pomares.
1. Apply to participate in the pilot. 2. Commit to Participate in a 6-week trial of the new Mendability® for ADHD program. You will be doing exercises that take a few minutes a few times a day. There is a 10-minute questionnaire to take every couple of weeks to update the program. We also require you to keep a regular journal of your observations. 3. Attend weekly support group sessions in Okotoks. Address will be provided to successful applicants
[box title="Note" box_color="#206080"]Thank you to all who have applied. All the pilot memberships have now been allocated. Early next year we will release the first public version of the ADHD program.
Would you like to be placed in an early bird notification list?
Anyone is eligible to participate so long as their child is diagnosed with ADHD, but we will only enroll 12 families, on a first come, first served basis.
Have questions? Please call 1-888-579-7002 or post a question at the bottom of the page.
Multitexture Walk Holding a Bear
This exercise requires your child to walk barefoot on a line of different, textured surfaces. This is done while holding a teddy bear above his head.
By holding the teddy bear above his head, your child will not be able to use his arms to balance. He will also have to re-adjust how he walks and focus on body positioning with each new texture he steps on.
This exercise not only helps with tactile processing, but also with building a stronger mental
awareness of self.
As explained by researchers at Vanderbilt University, “Perceived body ownership and self-other relation are foundational for development of self-awareness, imitation, and empathy.”
[spacer size="20"] * Autism. 2012 Jul;16(4):406-19. doi: 10.1177/1362361311430404. Epub 2012 Mar 7. The rubber hand illusion in children with autism spectrum disorders: delayed influence of combined tactile and visual input on proprioception. Cascio CJ, Foss-Feig JH, Burnette CP, Heacock JL, Cosby AA. Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, 1601 23rd Ave South Suite 3057, Nashville, TN 37212, USA. [email protected] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22399451 Abstract: In the rubber hand illusion, perceived hand ownership can be transferred to a rubber hand after synchronous visual and tactile stimulation. Perceived body ownership and self-other relation are foundational for development of self-awareness, imitation, and empathy, which are all affected in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We examined the rubber hand illusion in children with and without ASD. Children with ASD were initially less susceptible to the illusion than the comparison group, yet showed the effects of the illusion after 6 minutes. Delayed susceptibility to the illusion may result from atypical multisensory temporal integration and/or an unusually strong reliance on proprioception. Children with ASD who displayed less empathy were significantly less likely to experience the illusion than those with more intact ability to express empathy. A better understanding of body representation in ASD may elucidate neural underpinnings of social deficits, thus informing future intervention approaches.
[spacer size="20"] Our proprietary software is based on the same mathematical structure used in Artificial Intelligence, re-engineered specifically for use in the selection of sensory enrichment exercises. The algorithm links a series of 301 questions through multiple levels of factors and weights to 18 categories of brain function (olfactory, tactile, vision, etc.). Based on the test responses, our software can determine the level of functionality, the level of activity, and the targetability of each category.
[spacer size="10"] In determining the best exercise, there are many considerations incorporated into the algorithm. This software includes:
[spacer size="0"] • Detecting which brain function is ready to develop next.
[spacer size="0"] • Detecting whether that brain function is strong enough on its own for direct stimulation or if it needs help from neighboring or closely connected brain functions (for example smell, brain function 4, can help trigger memory, brain function 12).
[spacer size="0"] • Sorting the exercises from most effective to least effective, based on brain functions priorities.
[spacer size="0"] • Eliminating exercises which are too hard or too easy.
[spacer size="0"] • Determining the right frequency for an exercise worksheet to worksheet, repeating it often enough to establish learning and pathways, but not so often it becomes boring and ignored by the brain.
[spacer size="0"] • Ensuring the worksheets are not to draining for the child.
[spacer size="0"] • Maintain a practical demand on the parent, being flexible to give the best exercises within the time available.
[spacer size="10"] This is what makes the difference between a generic program and a customized program. It’s the same difference you see when you wear shoes that fit well, not too large, not too small. And when your feet grow, you get new shoes.
[spacer size="10"] As your child improves, so does the program.
[spacer size="10"] Every time you take a test to report how your child is changing, the program knows where to go next and gives the best protocols available to support the brain in its own repair work.