At Brain Gain, we perform a comprehensive assessment of the client’s ability to concentrate and focus before beginning training and again on completion. This is essential because it helps to identify attention problems and determine the success of training by comparing results before and after training.
Our clients complete the TESCA (TEST FOR EMOTIONAL STABILITY AND COGNITIVE ABITILY) test that was specifically developed in South Africa. The TESCA test is an objective, neurophysiological measurement of attention, not subjective measurement of behaviour. This comprehensive test measures 7 attention abilities, and screens for emotional and specific learning problems that may hold someone back from reaching their full potential. The assessment takes 30 minutes to complete and the results are analysed by a psychiatrist who then recommends neurofeedback training and/or other options.
The TESCA is a computerised continuous performance test that provides objective and reliable measures of overall accuracy, omission (inattention) errors, commission (impulsive) errors, response speeds and performance consistency. The test avoids the confounding effects of language and culture. Test results are compared against normative data from 5181 people.
The TESCA can also be used to measure responses to different treatment and training methods for ADHD/ADD such as neurofeedback and medication, and can therefore aid clinician’s in accurately diagnosing attention problems when used in conjunction with standard assessments.