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We are always striving to expand the services we offer to our patients. Canary Wharf and the City is an extremely competitive environment to work in and having a bit of a competitive advantage is never a bad thing.
One of the things we see frequently in our practice, is people suffering from impulsivity, distractibility and attention disorders, which in turn affect their work performance. We have therefore teamed up with FOCUS, a computerised, norm-referenced measurement of attentional control.
Attentional control is the ability to remain focused on goal-relevant stimuli and information, in the presence of potentially interfering distractions. The assessment itself takes about 20 minutes to complete.
FOCUS has been administered more than 15 000 times and it has been standardised and validated twice since 2015. The Assessment has strong psychometric properties that meet and even exceed the standards for educational assessments. The test is suitable for adults and children and whilst not a diagnostic tool, it helps contribute to the diagnosis of attention issues and helps monitor progress whilst on treatment.
It measures several aspects (called constructs) that influence Attentional Control. These constructs are Consistency, Performance, Impulsivity, and Distractions (auditory and visual).
Consistency means that one’s standard of work does not vary in quality over a certain period of time. It is a positive building block that we want to develop. Therefore: the higher the score, the better.
Performance is the accomplishment of a given task measured against pre-set standards and speed. It is also considered to be a positive building block. Therefore: the higher the score, the better.
Impulsivity involves a tendency to act suddenly and without careful thought, reflection or consideration of the consequences. This is a negative construct, thus the lower the score, the better.
Distraction assesses the participant’s ability to stay focused on a specific task while filtering unnecessary stimuli. FOCUS assesses one’s ability to filter both auditory and visual distractions. This is also considered a negative construct, but we want the result to be in the middle – the participant should be aware of the distractions, but they should be able to filter them out.
Focus testing can help you:
get a detailed, objective look at your or your child’s, cognitive strengths and weaknesses,
see on paper which of the individual’s skills are responsible for their daily struggles at school, work, or home,
get answers that allow you to make informed decisions regarding interventions or treatments
The test takes only 20 minutes t complete. It might be the best 20 minutes you spend today
Please contact Dr Cottrell for further information