Dr. Mitch and Angelika Sadar have helped professional athletes, high powered professionals, and students optimize performance.  

Optimize Your Performance

in Sports

Anger, frustration, anxiety…These emotions have cost many players an important match. More importantly, they can cost the enjoyment of the game. We can help players learn the skills that can make the difference between having fun and winning matches and going home frustrated with the game.

Performance psychology often focuses on learning techniques such as relaxation and using imagery. Utilizing biofeedback introduces additional and powerful set of tools that goes way beyond traditional peak performance training or sports psychology.

Reasons to Choose Sadar Psychological to Maximize Your Performance:

    • We have helped professional athletes, nationally ranked juniors, and college and high school athletes, executives and professionals, and students of all levels who want to make their brain work more efficiently and improve their performance.
    • Elite athletes including professional tennis players, olympians, and NHL players have chosen to work with us.
    • Angelika Sadar is widely recognized in the tennis community for her expertise and regularly asked to speak at regional and national tennis conferences.

" “My son went to take his driver’s license test last Friday. He was really nervous and had a long wait before his turn. I suggested he use some of the breathing lessons you had taught him. He said “you know, they really help” and also mentioned the lesson about staying focused in the present, not getting too far ahead of yourself. Seem to help him a lot and he did very well on his test. Thought you’d be interested to know how students are applying your lessons beyond the tennis court. Thanks for your interest in our kids.”"

- Father of Nationally Ranked Junior Tennis Player

Posted by Sadarpsych on January 4, 2015

ADHD Medication Comparison

Many parents and others are somewhat bewildered by the seemingly endless array of so-called ADHD medications.  While I am not a physician, our work with children and adults dealing with ADHD brings us into regular contact with these medications. Consequently, I feel I have sufficient general knowledge of these medications to offer the reader what I hope will be some clarification about the various types of ADHD medications.

Three Types of Medications for ADHD

There are basically three types of ADHD medications:  amphetamine stimulants, methylphenidate stimulants, and non-stimulants.  Both types of stimulants also have short-acting and long-acting varieties.  The non-stimulant versions are (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on January 15, 2016

Alternative Treatments to Suspend Medication Use During Pregnancy

Research on Decreasing Migraine Medication During Pregnancy

The Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) Conference was held in November 2015. As always, it was a great Conference. I learned from all of the speakers, but one speaker made a particular impression on me; Dr. Jeff Carmen talked about the use of biofeedback, specifically pirHEG which he invented, in the treatment of migraines for women who were looking to get pregnant or who were pregnant. He made the point that the typical approach for such women was to be told by their physicians to stop their migraine medication and to “tough it out” during the course of their pregnancy.

This was, of course, suggested to avoid exposing the developing fetus to the chemicals that comprise the migraine medications. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on July 10, 2017

Are Fidget Spinners Just a Trend?

 

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You don’t have to have kids to know of the latest must-have toy that has been selling out worldwide-the fidget spinner. This toy has driven parents crazy, as they are asked (or pestered if we are being honest here) to trek all over toy stores and convenience stores to find this popular item. So is that spinner in your child’s hand the latest fad or a device that can improve his/her attention?

WHAT IS A FIDGET SPINNER?

This toy is made up of three arms joined in the middle by a spinning disk. The idea is that this toy can keep a person’s hands busy which then, in turn, helps their mind remain focused on the topic or task at hand.

THE BENEFITS OF THE FIDGET SPINNER

  • Those diagnosed with ADHD have seen results in improved concentration and cognitive performance-when “fidgeting.”
  • Children performed better on assigned tasks when able to fidget, than those that could not.
  • Children, with ADHD, could better think through and solve problems, when fidgeting
  • They are unobtrusive and don’t make noise

There are many alternative treatments for people with ADHD that do not require medication. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center offers a more natural path that is proven to be effective for over 85% of people with ADHD. Neurofeedback (one of the services we provide) can improve the ability to focus, regulated behavior, and decrease impulsivity when trained on a consistent schedule. For more information, visit our site at http://www.sadarpsych.com/adhd/.

CAN FIDGETS BE A DISTRACTION? 

While there are benefits to owning a fidget spinner, especially for children diagnosed with ADHD or other attention deficits, there is a downside. Fidgets have become a distraction in the classroom-as anyone can purchase this new fad. Fidgets have been thrown in classrooms or used as collectibles for trading at inappropriate times. This has caused a disturbance in the classroom, and some school districts have even gone as far as altogether banning these toys.

WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF FIDGETS IN THE CLASSROOM?

  • Kept in a basket or some container to hand out to children who have attention problems.
  • Students can use them when taking a test or working on various assignments where focus is needed.
  • Works well in mainstream classrooms-as they are discreet and don’t make any noise. Students who don’t want to draw attention to themselves would prefer these types of toys.

SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD A FIDGET?

Not every fidget is appropriate for school and not every child will benefit from this popular item. Parents should have their children test out a few different items (maybe while they’re doing homework) and see what fidget best fits the child’s needs.

CONSIDERATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND  

  • How big is the fidget?
  • Does it have any sharp edges or other dangerous attachments?
  • Is it quiet?
  • What is the school’s policy on fidget spinners?

* National Resource Center on ADHD. (2017, June 15). Are Fidget Toys Just a Popular Fad? ADHD Weekly. Retrieved from http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/ADHD-Weekly/Article.aspx?id=338

 

Posted by Sadarpsych on July 28, 2014

EEG Biofeedback/Neurofeedback vs Medication

EEG Biofeedback (or Neurofeedback) versus Medication:

For a comparison of neurofeedback vs medication for ADHD, you can look here.

EEG biofeedback is said to be an alternative to medication.  The following are some thoughts on what that means, and some pros and cons of each approach.

How does one change their brain? The brain is seen as being involved in what we experience, what we do, think and feel.  If you want to change any of these things, you need to change your brain.  How does one change your brain?  The brain works via an electrical-chemical process.  Signalswithin neurons are electrical.  Connections between neurons are actually gaps called synapses.  In order to cross the gap to another neuron, the electrical signal changes to a chemical (a neurotransmitter), and floats across to the next neuron.  The signal is changed back to an electrical signal as it travels through the neuron, until it reaches another synapse, where it changes to a chemical again.  The brain is constantly firing off electrical and chemical signals in order to do its thing.  So, to change the brain one needs to change its chemical or electrical activity. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on May 18, 2017

Should kindergarten children be reading or playing?

In a  new study, a comprehensive 20-year examination of 800 children from kindergarten through their mid-20s published  in the American Journal of Public Health, found a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and how well they were doing in early adulthood.
Children who were helpful and shared in kindergarten were more likely to have graduated college and have a full-time job at age 25. The children who had problems resolving conflicts, sharing, cooperating and listening as kindergartners were less likely to have finished high school and college, and were more likely to have substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law.
The findings are “huge” when it comes to the thinking about how brain health impacts a person’s overall health, said Kristin Schubert, program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research.
Here are some things you can do to help your child if they are having problems in pre-school or kindergarten:
  • Ask the teacher to pair them with compatible peers
  • Encourage your child to share
  • Do not “punish” them by keeping them away from play time; rather :”teach” them by having them work on a project with a peer
  • Don’t worry about the academics; most kids catch up before long
  • Old fashioned games like: Red Light/Green Light, Simon Says and Freeze tag are great for teaching emotional and physical control

For every one-point increase in a child’s social competency score in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain a college degree, and 46% more likely to have a full-time job by age 25.