Playing Away ADHD - One Child at a Time
THORNHILL, ON, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - A new educational service, based in
Thornhill, Ontario, is overturning the long-held belief that learning
disorders like ADHD are lifelong conditions that can only be
compensated but never cured.
"Whether it's meds or tutoring or talk therapy, all the old-school
methods of dealing with learning disabilities are work-arounds - we get
at the underlying causes," says Dr. Arnie Gotfryd, PhD, Director of
Maxi Mind Learning Centres, Inc., that specializes in remediating
learning disabilities through fun activities that kids enjoy.
But while the methods may amuse, the results are serious. In just over a
year, Maxi Mind has deployed more than a dozen therapists who have
collectively treated nearly 100 children.
Alex, whose son attends a Toronto private school, says his child has
literally gone from near the bottom of the class to near the top as a
result of his "Brain Training" course, and the side benefit is that
he's much happier too.
Rabbi Baruch Zaltzman, Principal of the Shmuel Zahavy Cheder Chabad
elementary school in Thornhill, was an early adopter of Maxi Mind's
services. He says, "students tend to perform better academically, have
fewer behaviour problems, and seem calmer and more cheerful overall."
Walking into a typical therapy session, one may find a youngster
standing on an adjustable balance board, hitting a pendulum ball over a
target with a motor control stick while listening to modified Mozart
tracks through bone conduction headphones. "It sure looks odd to the
layman, but to an up-to-date Occupational Therapist or
Neuropsychologist it makes perfect sense," says Gotfryd.
Maxi Mind also uses hi-tech educational game systems that have children
controlling computers without a keyboard or a mouse, just by their
state of mind. Similar methods have been used by NASA to train
astronauts not to "space out" on missions and now Ontario Power
Generation is doing the same to train nuclear power station operators
to sustain focus while on the job, as reported in the November 14th issue of Time Magazine.
With around 10 per cent of children floundering at school because of
ADHD and growing discontent with prescription meds, Maxi Mind is
gaining traction among parents. "I left teaching for this," says
Gotfryd, "because I saw how it helped my child and I realized there is
Maxi Mind will be demonstrating its methods during a series of public
information sessions being held in Toronto area public libraries over
the coming weeks.
Public Information Sessions are scheduled for the evenings of February
15 and February 22, 2012. The event on February 15 will take place at
the Barbara Frum Library at 20 Covington Road in Toronto at 7:30 pm.
The one on February 22 will be held at the Bathurst Clark Library at
900 Clark Avenue West in Thornhill at 7:00 pm.
SOURCE Canadian Yeshiva
For further information:
To reserve a place or to find out more, call Arnie Gotfryd 416-858-9868 or visit www.maximind.ca.