ADD-SOI Center - Attention Deficit Disorders and Structure of Intellect - Manhattan Beach California

ADD and ADHD - The Right Solution Depends on
the Right Diagnosis

Any of the ADD symptoms can result from any number of causes. You want to be able to trust that your doctor has expertise in assessing ALL possible causes of ADD behaviors. You can trust our expertise! Our staff is diverse and has many years of experience in testing, diagnosing and helping clients and their families.

Up to 80% of individuals with ADD also have some other disorder. There may be:

  • Learning problems
  • Undetected Vision or Hearing problems
  • Emotional problems (like anxiety or depression)
  • Behavioral problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Medical disorders
  • Allergies

These conditions may accompany, mask, resemble, or exacerbate ADD. We identify what the exact problems are for you. We are a CLEARING HOUSE to help and to guide you to qualified professionals.

How We Diagnose

When you call us, we conduct a CONFIDENTIAL consultation by phone. We tell you how we can be of help. Depending on your needs, we will either schedule an appointment for testing or for an initial assessment. The testing includes a cognitive, attention span and personality profile, vision and hearing screening. After testing, you have a taped, for you, conference with Dr. Maxwell to discuss the results and the Treatment Plan.

How We Manage ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

Once we have the right diagnosis, we compose a TREATMENT PLAN THAT MAKES SENSE. The plan can include:

  • Behavioral contracts with rewards
  • Individual and / or family therapy
  • A medication consultation
  • Stress Reduction training (biofeedback, hypnotherapy)
  • Tutoring
  • Vision and Hearing assessments
  • Sensory Motor training
  • Nutritional counseling
  • CHADD Support groups

Our Center believes in a comprehensive, integrated approach, which may or may not include medication to manage the disorder. We give you various methods of treatment to try out, and we stay with you step-by-step as your coach, with referrals and guidance.


Many who sucessfully learn to manage their ADD become effective, not just as big dreamers or visionaries but as leaders and "go-getters" who can act quickly and creatively. We can coach you in learning organization skills, finding support gorups and services, building self confidence by getting thigs done, on time! We can offer you resources to treat most aspects of living with ADD.

Valerie Maxwell, Ph.D., Director of the ADD Center, has 30 years of experience testing and treating psychological and learning disorders. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from USC. She is respected internationally for her work with the Structure of Intellect (SOI) Test of Learning Abilities.

FEES: Prior to your appointment we discuss fees. Your insurance may cover some or all of the fees. Dr. Maxwell is a preferred provider for many managed care organizations. We can help guide you in reviewing your coverage if you ask.

AGE: We test from age 3 through adulthood.