Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


The Department for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Institute for Child Development at Ziv Medical Center are launching a user friendly computerized test for children and parents, to identify and diagnose problems relating to attention and hyperactivity. The new test, MOXO, will be implemented as part of the comprehensive diagnosis tests at Ziv's Attention Deficit Clinic.

Dr. Celia Cozakov from Ziv's Child Development Center says that the computerized test will work as an auxiliary tool for clinical tests at the Attention Deficit Clinic. "The MOXO test is a user friendly technological development which provides support, verification and clarification of the findings of clinical tests, enabling a more precise diagnosis by integrating the results of all the tests".

Private institutes which perform diagnosis for attention deficit do so without the support of clinical tests and do not take into consideration each individual's family history. "Ziv's clinic offers a test which is part of a series of comprehensive tests which will provide a holistic picture and quality testing for each child followed by treatment which is suited to their personal needs" says Dr. Cozakov.

MOXO is a new computerized test, developed by the Israeli company Neurotech and is considered to be a ground breaking new assessment system for diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). It will be used by professionals such as neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, certified coaches and diagnosticians. It answers the need for an advanced diagnostic tool, enabling a thorough, precise and comprehensive assessment of the subject's attention functioning.

The MOXO test examines the cognitive abilities which form the components of the attention span. The test examines and defines the subject's performance based on the 4 components of attention: attention, timing, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The subject is provided with a personal, concise attentiveness profile, composed of each of the separate attention components, presenting his/her strengths and weakness, corresponding with the norm for the subject's age and gender.

The MOXO test simulates the subject's performance in his/her natural environment by combining visual and audio distracters and providing clinicians with the means to achieve a more multi-faceted ADHD diagnosis, assisting them in their decision as to the best mode of treatment for the subject.

The test is user friendly and takes 15 minutes for young children (7-12) and 18 minutes for adolescents (age 13 +).