Whether you are a college student or the parent of an elementary age child, middle- or high schooler, you have many options for how you spend your summer. If issues such as ADD, ADHD, learning problems, focus, or behavior problems are interfering with academic achievement, consider investing some time this summer that can have big rewards in the next academic year. Neurofeedback (NFB) is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the treatment of ADHD, and numerous studies over many years have shown the effectiveness of NFB in the treatment of a wide variety of issues that affect learning, behavior, and social interaction. Getting to appointments during the summer is a usually a little easier without the pressure of school schedules, sports, and other activities. Enjoy the beach and the sun this summer! But also make a plan for a better school year next September. Call or email us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
An estimated 6-9% of all children have symptoms diagnosable as ADD or ADHD. While we often think of these conditions as affecting only kids, an estimated 60-70% of kids with ADD/ADHD continue to have symptoms into adulthood. ADD and ADHD are the result of dis-regulation in the brain. The dis-regulation can be over- or under-activity in different parts of the brain. Neurofeedback (NFB) helps achieve regulation and therefore, restores balance and optimal functioning. Symptoms of childhood ADD/ADHD include problems paying attention, impulsivity, and problems sitting still or being quiet. Symptoms in adults include anxiety, chronic boredom, chronic forgetfulness and lateness, depression, anger, and procrastination. Compared to other adults, those with ADD/ADHD miss more days of work, have more co-occurring conditions (for example, depression, anxiety, substance abuse), and have higher medical costs.
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Below are links to (1) a study published in the journal Pediatrics showing sustained effects of NFB with a group of 100 7-11 years olds and (2) a study published in the Journal of Adult Development showing the positive effects of NFB with adults with ADD/ADHD.
Why combine counseling and neurofeedback (NFB)? Neurofeedback can effectively address the brain imbalances that we see with issues such as depression and anxiety. But, is that it? Typically, not. Once these issues begin to subside, other issues can take center stage. We all get into patterns of behavior – some are adaptive and some less so. Combining NFB and counseling provides a window of opportunity to address long-standing brain imbalances and to then wholly deal with relationship and other issues that may have resulted from those imbalances. The goal is a truly healthy, full life. The more tools you can use to effectively heal, the better!
JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke