The diagnosis and treatment of the behaviors associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) predominantly involves pharmacological interventions. Many children experience significant negative side effects (e.g., appetite suppression, insomnia, headaches, stomachaches, irritability, and impaired height) from the initial and continued use of stimulant medication. Consequently, many parents are motivated to consider alternative treatments for ADHD such as neurofeedback. This paper presents an archival review of the improvements in auditory adn visual attention and response control after 40 sessions of artifact-corrected neurofeedback for 51 children ages 6 to 17 with ADHD. Read the complete manuscript: Using Neurofeedback to Improve ADHD Symptoms in School Aged Children
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation or EEG biofeedback, is a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to function better.
This powerful brain-based technique has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 30 years. It is a noninvasive process with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms. The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly concluded in numerous research studies.
Because we now have better scientific information about how the brain functions continually changes throughout our lifetime, we can better understand how neurofeedback works to help the brain change.
The brain has the ability to continually change throughout life. By understanding that we can change our brain through the use of neurofeedback, we now know that we can improve many conditions that have limited children and adults preventing them from living their best life. This is neuroplasticity.
ADHD affects more than 20% of school-aged children. Neurofeedback and medication are two common forms of treatment for ADHD/ADD. While the use of medication diminishes the symptoms of ADHD in some children, neurofeedback addresses the underlying causes for the behaviors. Therefore, there are significant differences in the ways these treatments work, the potential side effects of their use, the length of treatment necessary, and the onging cost of the intervention. In addition, neurofeedback helps children learn to better self-regulate their behaviors.
How Neurofeedback Works
Neurofeedback works by training the brain to function at its maximum potential, which is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained. The technology is safe and effective for children and adults ages 5 to 95.
"Train your attention, decrease anxiety or depression, alleviate chronic pain, lessen behaviors that interfere with living your best life," says Dr. Connie McReynolds, who established the neurofeedback service in 2011 as director of the institute.
For more information about how neurofeedback works in training the brain, view this TED Talk presentation by Dr. Joe Dispenza explaining the neuroscience of brain training.