biofeedback for add
Children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) have specific physiological problems.
These problems can be observed in the pattern of their brain waves.
Hyperkinetic kids who have concentration problems make a great deal of theta wave forms as well as too few beta wave forms in certain areas of their brain.
Those who do EEG feedback
usually feel that the areas of the brain that generate the irregular proportions of brainwaves may be changed and made to function normally.
This is done by teaching your brain to create regular proportions of brainwaves. The theory is the more normal brainwaves are, the greater chance there is of children behaving normally.
Kids who are properly trained to boost SMR (Sensory Motor Rhythm) show reduced activity levels. EEG feedback training decreases Theta while increasing Beta, this results in increased attention span and increased ability to learn math.
SMR and beta waves are similar in frequency. SMR controls body sensations as well as voluntary movement.
The training usually takes place in the therapist's office. The sensors are put onto the scalp all over the areas of the brain, which are going to be trained. Sensors are linked to a computer.
The computer uses a unique training program. This program usually appears in the form of a computer game. The progress in the computer game is reliant upon the child creating the desired quantity of brain waves.
The treatment might take thirty to fifty or further sessions for the effects to be lasting and apparent.
The video below is a short 2 minute CBS item about EEG treatment for add.
In a study by Kaiser and Othmer in 2000 done with 1,089 patients showed that neurofeedback training led to considerable improvement in impulse control and attentiveness as well as positive changes.
This was measured on the test of variables of attention (TOVA). TOVA measures selective and sustained attention. The patients had reasonable pre-training deficits.
Another study in 2002 involved one hundred kids, taking Ritalin with academic support and concurrent parent counseling as well as half also receiving EEG biofeedback.
There were similar improvements on the TOVA and an ADD evaluation scale. Only those children who had EEG biofeedback were able to sustain their improvements without Ritalin.
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