Kids and Teens
Does a child you know struggle with:
Sensory, Social, Developmental issues?
Attention, Focus, Anger, Impulsivity?
Autism (ASD), Anxiety, Insomnia?
Obsessive/Compulsive behaviors (OCD)?
The American Pediatric Academy has endorsed Neurofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” treatment for children with ADHD.
Neurofeedback Heals at the Source - the Brain
The brain emits different types of waves depending on whether we are in a focused state or distracted. The goal of Neurofeedback is to enhance the brain-wave patterns associated with focus. Symptoms of ADHD, other deficit disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders will typically diminish or, in some kids to some extent, resolve with Neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback is also a potent tool for improving academic achievement and attaining peak performance goals.
Kids who do Neurofeedback training become more calm, focused, less reactive and more connected to others and less sensitive to changes in their environment. Families benefit from increased ease and stress reduction. It's remarkable how brain optimizing techniques using neurofeedback can have such a profound impact. No side-effects, just greater functionality and freedom from limitations. Although the technology is quite sophisticated, the process is simple, painless, effortless, no side-effects and non-invasive. .
Neurofeedback optimizes brain function and the neuromatrix to strengthen the ability to focus and reduce symptoms.
Children given the deficit diagnoses are often more subtlely tuned-in and may have high emotional intelligence. Yet the modern world “blows them away” neurologically and sensorily. They cannot always manage the intensity they encounter physically, energetically and relationally.
Many kids labeled as having sensory disorders, AD(H)D, OCD, SPD, autism spectrum disorder may have differences in their neuro-network feedback loops. These kids' sensitivity (or empathic aptitude) leaves them vulnerable to adverse effects from many of the stimuli adults have accommodated to or at least dynamically ignore.
For more information, see our Neurofeedback page.
Can Neurofeedback Help my Child with Autism, Aspergers, PDD?
Watch these 4 great videos (short!) for more information:
(from Dr. Lise DeLong, Cognitive Connections)
What Changes Can You Expect From Neurofeedback?
We see the quickest and most dramatic outcomes with young, flexible brains. Children respond very favorably to Neurofeedback. Here are some changes to expect:
More calm, focused, communicative and connected kids
Less repetitive behavior
More cooperation - fewer parental requests needed to do something you are asking
Less reactivity, less "picky", less defiant
Fewer tantrums or angry outbursts
Greater ease in social situations
Smoother transition times, reduced hypersensitivity
Less tears, more laughter
Less impulsivity, hyperactivity, restlessness
Fewer notes from teachers about behavior. Homework time not as difficult
Study on efficacy of Neurofeedback for ADHD
from the American Academy of Pediatrics
In-School Neurofeedback Training for ADHD:
Sustained Improvements From a Randomized Control Trial
Naomi J Seiner,MD; Elizabeth C. Frenette, MPH;
Kirsten M.Rene,MA; Robert T. Brennan, EdD; Ellen C. Perrin, MD
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate sustained improvements 6 months after a 40-session, in-school computer attention training intervention using neurofeedback or cognitive training (CT) administered to 7- to 11-year-olds with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
METHODS: One hundred four children were randomly assigned to receive neurofeedback, CT, or a control condition and were evaluated 6 months postintervention. A 3-point growth model assessed change over time across the conditions on the Conners 3–Parent Assessment Report (Conners 3-P), the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function Parent Form (BRIEF), and a systematic double-blinded classroom observation (Behavioral Observation of Students in Schools). Analysis of variance assessed community-initiated changes in stimulant medication.
RESULTS: Parent response rates were 90% at the 6-month follow-up. Six months postintervention, neurofeedback participants maintained significant gains on Conners 3-P (Inattention effect size [ES] = 0.34, Executive Functioning ES = 0.25, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity ES = 0.23) and BRIEF subscales including the Global Executive Composite (ES = 0.31), which remained significantly greater than gains found among children in CT and control conditions. Children in the CT condition showed delayed improvement over immediate postintervention ratings only on Conners 3-P Executive Functioning (ES = 0.18) and 2 BRIEF subscales. At the 6-month follow-up, neurofeedback participants maintained the same stimulant medication dosage, whereas participants in both CT and control conditions showed statistically and clinically significant increases (9 mg [P = .002] and 13 mg [P < .001], respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: Neurofeedback participants made more prompt and greater improvements in ADHD symptoms, which were sustained at the 6-month follow-up, than did CT (cognitive training) participants or those in the control group. This finding suggests that neurofeedback is a promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.
Accepted December 18, 2013.
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