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“Your son will never function in a normal school. His IQ is below average; please put him in a school for mentally disabled children...”

Those words will stick in my brain for life. It is a life-sentence that we, at the time of the interview with the educational psychologist who uttered those words, never expected and fortunately, never believed.

The sad fact though, is that learning disorders are life sentences because those who suffer from it are labelled as “difficult to work with”, “dumb”, “busy” and many other labels society decides upon.

Our road was not an easy one, but it was also not the most difficult one.  Yes, our older son has Asperger’s Syndrome and he struggles with abstract subjects like mathematics, but if we believed the label with which he was branded, he would’ve ended up being much less than what he can be. Our strongest message to parents is to not ever give up, especially when society does. Through our struggles, we were able to set up centres all over South Africa where children don’t have labels and where we change the way that people look at ADHD.

I am a Professor in Chemistry and my wife Karin is a qualified teacher. We are both ADHD. Today, Henre is seventeen years old, keen to finish his matric and start a business. Our other two boys are Lehan (16) and Ilandre (4). Lehan has ADHD and angst challenges, but he is doing well at school without any medication. He is slowly, but surely learning to cope with his anxiety and impulsivity issues. Ilandre is four and he’ll tell you that he is almost five. He does not have a care in the world and loves life.

Recently Karin’s sister Marlize Robberts joined the team. She is a registered nurse by profession and was a medical representative for more than 16 years.

Our endeavours to help our boys eventually got us in front of the right people. Peter Freer and Gwen Sorley at Play Attention, our EEG neurofeedback partners, are as passionate about children as we are. Of course passion alone is not enough. They also back it up with world-leading technology that enables you to train your mind, to fidget less and to be more attentive when needed.

Attention is a skill and we train that!!

Recently, we took hands with Afriforte and developed a computerised performance test (CPT) that has taken the world by storm. It measures not only your ability to pay attention, it also measures impulsivity and the effects that audio and visual distractions have on attention.

At Biolink Attention training we do not advise against medication where it is necessary and when prescribed by a qualified paediatrician or specialist in the field of ADHD, but we do provide alternative, supportive option that will help with increased concentration and focus, but more importantly, help children to build self-confidence through our exercises.

Play Attention is the world’s indisputable #1 learning system to improve attention, behaviour, and cognitive function for ADHD children and adults. To avoid any confusion about anything else out there, let’s clear this up:

There are many “cognitive games” that say they will make your brain better because of “neuroplasticity.” Seems like they’re all over TV nowadays. That’s called cognitive training. Here’s what independent research from Tufts University School of Medicine determined:

Cognitive training did not produce any significant changes in ADHD students. Play Attention made significant changes in that same study. Students who underwent brain training games (cognitive training) required increases in medication. Play Attention students did not.

Play Attention students maintained their significant gains even after the researchers came back 6 months later to test them once again

Our dream for our business was and always will be to give hope to other parents, that feels that there is no answers.