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How will Neurofeedback training benefit my child?

Neurofeedback training optimizes brain function by helping the brain to re-organize and self-regulate more efficiently. When this occurs symptoms and complaints such as inattention, anger, hyperactivity, anxiety, traumatic reactions, and depression naturally and effortlessly abate allowing for greater information processing, increased memory, decreased anxiety, better self-organization and high degrees of self-control.

With Neurofeedback training, the source and frequency of the neurological inefficiency is identified and then the brain is assisted in healing and repairing itself via the feedback it receives. As a result of this process, the symptom(s) are either significantly reduced, or eliminated altogether.

 

What is SOS BC’s approach to Neurofeedback?

We employ a comprehensive approach to Neurofeedback training.  This means we train the whole brain, not its individual parts (often referred to as ‘site training’).

Our approach harmonizes the brain within itself and avoids any overtraining in one specific area or in one specific frequency range relative to others. The result? Areas of the brain needing the most attention receive training, while concurrently the whole brain is trained to function more harmoniously together.

 

What happens in a typical Neurofeedback session?

During your child’s initial session, a detailed history of your child’s physical and mental health is gathered and your goals for Neurofeedback training are discussed. After we have assessed your child’s suitability for Neurofeedback training and answered any questions you might have, we will begin your child’s first training session.

A typical session involves approximately 45 minutes of Neurofeedback training and 10 minutes of discussion and setup. The practitioner will place sensors on your child’s scalp using a small amount of conductivity paste. These sensors transmit your child’s brainwaves to a computer where they are monitored by the practitioner. The sensors are safe, painless, and 'passive instruments'. They only pick up and transmit the electrical activity of the brain – they DO NOT introduce any electric current to your child’s brain, ears or scalp.

Most people find training sessions quite pleasant. Your child, seated in a comfortable chair, will watch a variety of visuals on a television screen, and listen to a variety of tones and music. This audio and visual feedback is specifically engineered to alert and inform your child’s brain how to regulate itself for optimal health and efficiency. Throughout the session the Neurofeedback trainer carefully monitors your child’s process, making adjustments to ensure that the training is as effective as possible.

 

How many sessions will my child need?

Typically, the more serious the condition, the more sessions required. Since the process involves learning and every person is unique, the pace of change is also unique. Gains are cumulative – they build over the course of your child’s sessions.

While some people may reach their goals within 20 sessions, others may need 30, 40, or even 50 sessions before all of their desired results are achieved. Although some symptoms can be resolved in a shorter time, it is difficult to predict for any person.

For Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other more severe developmental disorders, expect a greater number of sessions - but also expect progressive gains over the course of training. The goal is to complete enough training – enough learning for the brain – to insure consistent and lasting benefits.

 

How soon will I see changes in my child?

As with learning any new skill, the effects are cumulative.  Following the first few sessions, the improvements your child experiences may not be as apparent after a day or two. After more training the changes will last longer.

Many people feel better immediately, while for others the transition can be longer, a process rather than an event.

Most clients notice changes within the first four to six sessions, however a dozen sessions are recommended to ensure that the changes hold.

 

Is Neurofeedback safe?

Yes! Neurofeedback is completely non-intrusive and safe.

It has been used clinically for over 30 years, with hundreds of thousands of training sessions. Neurofeedback uses the brain's own resources - nothing is imposed and there is no artificial stimulation. It is just learning: safe and side-effect free.

Unlike the use of medications for treating symptoms, Neurofeedback training does not produce any negative side-effects. It is this absence of side-effects that makes Neurofeedback training so appealing.

 

Can my child receive Neurofeedback training while on medication?

Yes, your child can take medication while receiving Neurofeedback training. While many medications can 'dampen' the amplitude of certain brain wave frequencies, these and other frequencies can still be effectively trained.

The basic difference between medication and neurofeedback is that medication is chemical regulation, whereas neurofeedback trains the brain to self-regulate.

IMPORTANT: We strongly encourage you to contact your child’s doctor while receiving Neurofeedback training and taking medication so that your child’s medication level can be closely and professionally monitored.

 

Why haven't I heard of Neurofeedback?

The scientific understanding of the way the brain works has been changing rapidly.  Just a decade ago, brainwave patterns were believed to be unimportant and unchangeable. Neurofeedback was dismissed as 'scientifically impossible'.

We now know that these long held beliefs about the brain were not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong. Today the subjects of consciousness, perception, self (and even spiritual) development are matters of scientific inquiry rather than ridicule. The brain sciences have advanced so quickly that medical establishments have yet to integrate approaches based on this new view.

Neurofeedback employs a sophisticated, evidence-based approach and quantifiable results. The application of neurofeedback for anxiety, epilepsy and attention deficits date back to the 1970's - still, most psychologists and physicians seldom have any knowledge of neurofeedback / biofeedback research or its clinical applications.

Change is coming from a fundamental shift in philosophy, approach, and through consumer demand for non-invasive, drug-free solutions. The spread of neurofeedback is slow, but steadily moving forward with more and more people taking advantage of this simple, safe, common-sense option. 

 

What do parents say about Neurofeedback for Autism?

“Our son has been receiving training for over a year and we are extremely pleased with the changes we have noticed. He has a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome and has difficulty in social situations and interacting with people. We have noticed that he does not 'fly off the handle' as often and will stop and think before speaking.”

“This is one of the best things that we could have done for not only our son, but our family as well.”

 

To find out more about Neurofeedback training at SOS BC, contact

 
Doug West, Manager of Autism Services
Phone: 604-574-2964 ext. 106
E-mail: dougwest@sosbc.org

 

       

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