The Davis Attention Mastery Program provides individuals with effective tools to correct problems with hyperactivity, hypoactivity, inability to focus, difficulty staying on task, and inappropriate social behaviors.
The Davis approach goes to the root causes of why some people have problems controlling their attention, energy level, and social interaction, and resolves them. These root causes are:
1) They experience the passage of time inconsistently.
2) They think in images rather than in words.
3) They are highly imaginative.
4) They have little or no concept of self as separate from and/or in relation to others.
5) They have little or no concept of time, sequence, order, cause, effect, or consequence.
These characteristics are part of a unique thinking style that is often associated with the labels, ADD or ADHD.
When a person experiences a shift in their time sense, they can show increased or decreased energy levels with regard to strength and stamina. If a person's internal clock speeds up, they may experience two or three minutes while others are experiencing only one. This person would exhibit an unusually high energy level. They would appear hyperactive. The reverse is also true, if the internal clock goes slower, that individual would experience less time than the rest of us and the energy level would appear lower than normal. They would appear hypoactive.
When a person experiences a shift in their sense of movement, they can feel as if they are moving when they are actually sitting still. When they begin to move, the feeling reverses and they feel less motion. The person may be moving all or some part of their body and would be unaware of that motion until someone pointed it out to them. This behavior is their compensation for their inaccurate feeling of motion and can look like restlessness (can't sit still). This shift can affect the person's balance which may cause them to be clumsy. In some cases, the harder the individual tries to sit still, the more the sensation of movement increases. Some individuals experience motion sickness, nausea, headaches, or a stomachache as a result of this inaccurate perception of movement.
When someone has shifted their perception, the things that are being said to them may be misunderstood or not heard at all. Non-verbal communications such as body language and facial expressions can be misinterpreted or not seen at all. Their responses can seem inappropriate or they may appear to be defiant. They will hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see, and react accordingly.
These perceptual distortions and the lack of the key concepts described above can manifest as impulsivity, difficulty taking turns, inattention, problems organizing, or difficulty following rules or instructions. Davis Attention Mastery resolves the perceptual distortions and provides self-management tools for eliminating the unwanted symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
Eligibility and Scheduling: The Davis Attention Mastery Program is provided to individuals ages eight and up, who are primarily motivated to resolve difficulties with attention, behavioral issues, and/or social interactions. Individuals who are taking prescribed medications for controlling behavior or attention are required to consult their physician prior to discontinuing such medication.* An initial consultation and interview would determine the ideal strategy and estimated duration for this program.Back to AD(H)D page.
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