Testing for an attention disorder

The official method for diagnosing an attention disorder can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM). There are a list of behaviours that are associated with attention and impulse control difficulties. If a person shows enough of these they qualify for the diagnosis.

Neurofeedback practitioners have additional methods to help identify the presence and severity of an attentional difficulty. We use hands on tests for attention and focus, known as continuous performance tests. Two that are in common use are the TOVA (Test Of Variables of Attention), and the IVA (Integrated Visual Auditory Continuous Peformance Test). We also rely on EEG brain maps to give us very specific information about where the difficulties in the brain may exist. Since neurofeedback trains the EEG we want to know as much about it as we can.

As neurofeedback training proceeds the trainee improves their scores on the continuous performance tests.

Download and print a self screening for an attention disorder.