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Dr Shelley Hyman, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Sydney Cognitive Development Centre
Treating ADHD at 5 different levels: Brain Maximisation, Brain Modulation, Cognitive Skill Training, Psychological Strategies & Behaviour Management
The aim of this talk is to provide a comprehensive model of ADHD treatment from 5 different perspectives.
Whilst medication and psychological strategies are common, they only reflect a small component of possible ways to treat either the neurobiology of ADHD or the behavioural symptoms in both children and adults with ADHD.
Dr Hyman will discuss ways to optimise brain processing including sleep, diet, exercise and other factors that impact on brain functioning. She will then discuss ways to change brain modulation including medication, neurofeedback and more experimental therapies like Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Audio-Visual Entrainment and Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation.
She will then go through options for training skills such as attention, working memory and executive functioning (both computerised and one-on-one therapy). Psychological strategies to create stronger resilience and mindfulness will be discussed in the context of motivation and mood. Lastly, Dr Hyman will go through behavioural compensations to help minimise functional impacts of ADHD on learning and work place performance.
Dr Shelley Hyman has worked in the field of ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders for over 20 years. She is the director of the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre which has a dedicated ADHD Clinic where her team assess and treat both children and adults with ADHD. Shelley is a Clinical Neuropsychologist.
She has an undergraduate psychology degree with honours from the University of NSW, a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University, and a PhD from Sydney University in paediatric medicine. Following her PhD she received a 2 year award from the Children’s Tumour Foundation (New York) for her postdoctoral research. Following this she raised close to $2M in research funding from the US Army into neurocognitive disorders and worked at the clinical school at Sydney University.
She worked overseas in various hospitals for 2 years, and was inspired by the comprehensiveness of holistic treatment centres overseas. When she returned to Australia she set up the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre with the aim to create a holistic treatment centre that focused on providing families with as many treatment options as possible. She now runs centres in both Bondi Junction and Lindfield, with over 20 clinicians on staff.
In early 2020 she will be opening her first Melbourne Clinic. Her clinic’s philosophy is to try and treat the root causes of the disorders and to treat from as many angles as possible in order to maximise potential. Her clinic is well known for treating patients from whom medication is not possible or for whom medication has failed, often seeing patients from around Australia and overseas who need to seek alternative treatments.
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