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Has anyone tried neurofeedback?

mom23greatkidson Monday, February 25 2013, 07:22 AM
My eldest is going for brainmapping this week with a view to starting neurofeedback. Has anyone tried it? If so, what has been your experience?
  • Replied by mom23greatkidson Monday, February 25 2013, 02:33 PM·Hide·#1
    Thanks to all of you! We homeschool too, so I am interested to see how things will change over time. A friend's son has done 8 sessions without seeing any day to day results; they just came from their appointment and can physically see changes in the test results on paper, time will tell..
    • Mom2Boys- more than a month ago
      The doctor who did my son's neurofeedback said you don't start seeing results until 20 sessions. My son started seeing them about 15 sessions, but it was very gradual. You have to measure the change over periods of 1- months, definitely not week-to-week or day-to-day.
    • mom23greatkids- more than a month ago
      Thanks! My Dr. said the same thing to me, most people start responding between 20 and 25 sessions. I would prefer it be a gradual thing anyway, as it gives the brain time to adjust. Thanks for your help!
  • Replied by TigerMomon Monday, February 25 2013, 11:23 AM·Hide·#2
    A friend of mine tried it with her son and had REALLY good results. He used to have ADHD symptoms and really calmed down a lot over a period of about 6 months or so with the neurofeedback. He did better socially and in school and at home. It was a bit pricey but TOTALLY worth it because her son and the whole family were happier with the lasting results achieved without drugs. I am going to ask her to come on the site and share her story.
  • Replied by mom23greatkidson Monday, February 25 2013, 11:00 AM·Hide·#3
    Thanks so much for your reply. I am very encouraged by the neurofeedback from what I've read and your experience. We wll brain map on Wednesday, but due to us traveling, we will not have results for a few weeks. My son had a traumatic birth, so we won't be surprised if there is some brain damage from birth. My other son, fell several times as a toddler and hit his head, so we may be looking at the same type of issue there. It really is facinating....thanks so much for sharing!
  • Replied by Babson Thursday, June 13 2013, 06:38 AM·Hide·#4
    I lost track of this site and just caught up with the posts regarding NEUROFEEDBACK. Wondering if anyone has new news since February for those who are doing/done this therapy.
  • Replied by mom23greatkidson Thursday, February 28 2013, 06:38 AM·Hide·#5
    My son went for the brain mapping yesterday (QEEG). They hooked him up to the computer wearing a cap with sensors, took about 20 minutes, he then sat with his eyes closed for 3 minutes while they recorded his brain waves. It was amazing to see that he could not sit still. When he was finished the 3 minutes he said it was physically painful for him to sit still. Then they had him sit and look at an object for 3 minutes, he was not to think about the object, just look at it as they recorded his brain waves. The next three minutes he read a story; not at greade level, as they don't want to record stress, just what the brain is doing whilst reading. Next 3 minutes he did math and again, not at grade level just the brain computating math. Lastly, 3 minutes eyes closed again. This time, he sat a little more easily and he didn't say it was painful. As we left the office he said it was one of the hardest things he had to do, just sit there....we get the results on March 19th, as we will be travelling for a few weeks. I'll be sure to post results when we get them.
  • Replied by hoover7127on Tuesday, February 26 2013, 01:30 PM·Hide·#6
    I don't have personal experience with this, but have heard alot of good things about it. Good luck and Godspeed.
  • Replied by Babson Monday, February 25 2013, 12:24 PM·Hide·#7
    I put a comment in another spot on this site under Useful Resources/EEG Biofeedback. I acutally meant to put it here, but got sidetracked when surfing the site! :) I had wanted to go back and add to that comment as I don't think I was very clear... I am encouraged by others' success stories with EEG who I have spoken with directly, not just read about on the various manufacturers' websites. As I understand the terminology what we've discovered is our dd as having too low Beta waves, and too high Theta waves. What this looks like for her means: Low Beta means slow to sequence: reading and doing math require sequencing. Too many or high Theta waves looks like the zoned out child, one who cannot focus. Even sleepy when required to "do school". These findings made sense to me. As I stated in my other post, we're about half way through the protocol and although her numbers are better and she's reaching the goal, I can't say we see a huge difference "academically". Her reading is getting better, which I attribute to EasyRead/SpellMagic. She does seem to better follow multi-given tasks (clean up this, put that away, feed the dog). Now if I could just get my husband to do that! :D Seriously, in general, she is a more agreeable child and less given to frustration. AND NOT AT ALL SLEEPY AT HER DESK! As I stated in my other post, she is sleeping better! I attribute that in part to Neurofeedback. Her overall attitude is better when it comes time to do school. We currently homeschool. I intend to stay tuned in with more progress reports!
    Replied by Mom2Boyson Monday, February 25 2013, 10:18 AM·Hide·#8
    Yes, we did neurofeedback for our son. It started with the QEEG brain map. Honestly, I wish we had started here before we spent thousands on assessments and other therapies. The brain map gave a definitive answer as to what was really going on in his brain. The most interesting result was to show that his attention issues were not due to ADD but instead to a brain injury. This finally got family members off my back who were harping about putting him on meds.

    The neurofeedback itself takes time, but the results are amazing. My son went from severe attention issues to pretty much normal attention. His hyperactivity is gone. He is now able to sit calmly when needed, and he doesn't even need to fidget with things in his hand. I believe it also helped his auditory processing issues tremendously.

    I hope your child has the same result! Please do come back and let us know how it goes!
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