Believe it or not, I recently received a phone call from a local pediatrician (who is one of the more “open-minded” doctors I have met) asking me to see one of his patients (diagnosed with ADHD) for an EEG evaluation and neurofeedback training. He referred to a recent research paper, published by “Pediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics”, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/3/483.full.html
The article appeared in the February 17, 2014 journal. Basically, neurofeedback was used to help students with ADHD gain better concentration, attention and focus. The outcome in the study was quite impressive:
“This randomized controlled trial included
a large sample of elementary school students (104 children) with ADHD who received
in-school computer attention training with neurofeedback or cognitive
training. Students who received neurofeedback were reported to have
fewer ADHD symptoms 6 months after the intervention.”
The point I want to make in this article is that our traditional medical system is often way behind the current research in many areas. My focus and my passion is our healing approach with our children. As a pediatrician, I have often been disturbed at the rigidity of my fellow doctors in approaching safer and often, much more, effective approaches to helping our children attain their full potential. As the pediatrician I mentioned above said to me, “now we have the approval of the Academy to recommend neurofeedback for our patients.” The research in neurofeedback as a very effective method of helping people restore optimal brain function has been available for many years. But, I’m thrilled to know that pediatricians are finally waking up to safer, effective methods.
What is neurofeedback?
It is a form of biofeedback that restores brain health by retraining the brain’s electrical functioning to a more optimal activity. When the brain can finally “see it’s own electrical waves” on the computer screen, it can change to a healthier pattern and bring permanent relief from many dysfunctions. This is because of the phenomena of “neuroplasticity.”
Can neurofeedback training (brain wave training) help children (and adults) with attention, focus, concentration, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity? The answer is a “resounding” yes! An initial EEG is done using a real-time digital format. An evaluation of the problem areas is made, and then a training protocol is established. Once changes are made in the brain wave activity, the change is permanent.
Stay tuned for more articles on the phenomenal technology of neurofeedback. In the meantime, if you have a child with symptoms of ADD, please give me a call @ 303-986-0492.