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Abbey Neurodynamic Center

Wellness Center located in Palo Alto, CA

Millions of children and adults in the United State have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This disorder makes paying attention and focus difficult, which can reflect grades at school and productivity at work. If you or your child has difficulty focusing on simple tasks, licensed clinical neuropsychologist Richard Abbey, PhD, and his team can help. At Abbey Neurodynamic Center in Palo Alto, California, they use the most advanced, state-of-the-art techniques to improve focus. Schedule an appointment over the phone to learn more.

Focus Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a condition in which you or your child has difficulty paying attention or sitting still. Children may also experience impulsive behavior with ADHD.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is associated with focus problems but not necessarily hyperactivity or impulsive behaviors. With proper treatment, children and adults with ADHD can learn to overcome focus problems and function well at school, work, and in relationships.

What are the symptoms of focus problems?

If you or your child has a focus problem, you might notice one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Difficulty staying on task
  • Problems with interpersonal relationships
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Getting distracted easily
  • Making careless mistakes at work or school
  • Daydreaming
  • Trouble staying organized
  • Losing items easily
  • Forgetting daily activities or tasks

Early detection and treatment can drastically improve symptoms and improve you or your child’s overall quality of life.

What causes ADHD and ADD?

The exact cause of ADHD and ADD isn’t entirely clear. It’s likely related to genetics, problems with the central nervous system during childhood development, or the environment. Other risk factors for focus problems include not getting enough sleep, depression, and anxiety.

How are focus problems diagnosed?

The specialists at Abbey Neurodynamic Center use various diagnostic tests to determine if ADHD, ADD, or something else affects you or your child’s ability to focus at work or school. They review your medical history and ask questions about you or your child’s symptoms to make a diagnosis.

What is the treatment for focus problems?

The Abbey Neurodynamic Center team uses a multi-modal approach to treat focus problems, reduce impulse control, improve attention, and decrease hyperactivity. Examples include:

Social skills training

Social skills training at Abbey Neurodynamic Center helps your child learn appropriate social behavior if they have ADD or ADHD.

Behavioral therapy

Your practitioner uses behavior-change strategies to help your child change impulsive behaviors at school and at home.


Counseling helps better equip you or your child to deal with focus problems, stress, and low self-esteem that might accompany ADHD.

eTNS system

External trigeminal nerve stimulation system, or eTNS, delivers low-level electrical stimulation to portions of the brain related to emotion, behavior, and attention.

At-home strategies

If your child suffers from ADHD or ADD, there are several things you can do at home to help them succeed. Find ways to improve their self-esteem, give them simple directions, help them stay organized, and set a regular meal, exercise, and bedtime schedule.

To help you or your child to focus better and succeed in life, schedule an appointment with Abbey Neurodynamic Center over the phone today.