Thousands of people with learning and behavioural difficulties (eg ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia) have been successfully treated with neurofeedback. Now available in the UK and Ireland, it could be the answer for you or your loved ones.
Children with learning difficulties, or special educational needs (SEN) now account for over 20% of the primary school population, with some schools identifying more than half their pupils as SEN.
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Learning difficulties frequently go hand in hand with challenging behaviour, and children with SEN are at least 3 times more likely to be excluded.
Research has revealed that, in essence, all learning difficulties stem from desynchronised brainwaves. Neurofeedback directly addresses these difficulties and trains the brain to function at its best.
There is no such thing as a ‘good’ brain wave or a ‘bad’ brain wave – we all employ different kinds of brain waves at different times, according to the task in hand.
Problems can occur when the brain’s regulation system is faulty in some way – it can get stuck at too high or too low a level, or it can be unstable, slipping from high to low at the wrong moment, like the chain on a bicycle.
In the case of children with ADHD, for example, there is usually a problem with too much slow activity in the pre-frontal cortex.
Research has revealed that this slow activity increases at the very moment the child attempts to engage in an active concentration task. Consequently, the child starts to behave in an agitated, restless way – simply to try and keep himself alert. (This is why hyperactive children are given psychostimulant medication such as Ritalin – giving them a stimulant actually results in calmer behaviour!)
Neurofeedback trains the ADHD brain to self-regulate so that it will not slip into too slow a state. The hyperactive behaviour is reduced and the child can focus calmly on the demands of the task.
Different learning and behavioural problems are associated with different neuronal (brain wave) patterns. These patterns are identified using an advanced brain mapping technique (QEEG) and then normalised with neurofeedback training.