5 Reasons Why Neurofeedback is Great for Children

As a parent, all you want is to see your child succeed in their life. If your child suffers from a brain-based issue or disorder, daily functioning becomes more difficult which can burden families. Brain-based issues can include everything from anxiety and depression to learning disabilities to behavioral issues. Parents often struggle to find the right course of treatment to ensure that their child can grow up to be a well-adjusted adult and experience academic, career, and personal success. Success in the formative years of their youth is crucial. If your child is struggling to succeed, neurofeedback may be the treatment of choice, and here’s why. 

Learning Disabilities and Neurofeedback

An estimated 4.6 million school-aged children in the United States today have been diagnosed with a learning disability, making academic life so much more challenging than for an average student. The anxiety and stress that results from not keeping up with the material learned in school and performing poorly on exams can take a toll on children and their families. Parents of children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability struggle to find the right assistance for their child. 

Symptoms of Dyslexia and Neurofeedback

Diagnosing a child with a learning disability can be difficult considering all children learn at their own pace. However, all parents should be keeping a close eye on their children’s studies and grades to examine if they are exhibiting symptoms indicative of a learning disability. In fact, fifteen to twenty percent of the population has a reading disability. Dyslexia is a learning disability affecting both oral and written language abilities, affecting both males and females equally. Children inherit genetic links, so if you have a learning disability, it is not unlikely your child may as well.

Children who struggle with dyslexia are often diagnosed by the symptoms they have displayed both at home and/or in the classroom. Though symptoms displayed from young ages persist throughout life, dyslexia is symptomatic in different ways at different ages throughout the child’s life.

Reading Problems and Neurofeedback - By Dr. Jolene Ross

I discovered the power of neurofeedback for reading problems very early. My daughter Lee had reading problems and hated to read. In elementary school, when it was time for that fifteen or twenty minutes of silent reading we all had our children do after they completed their homework, she would scream as if she was being beaten! At that time, she was still reading little kids books, but the first Harry Potter book had come out. I would set her up for her neurofeedback session and say to her, "Now put the book away," and she would dutifully stuff it between the chair and her leg. I would leave the room to tend to another person and, unbeknownst to me, she would pick up the book and read while she was doing neurofeedback. She became a little “reading monster” and we nicknamed her “Nose In a Book”. She even read The Odyssey for pleasure.

Physical and Neurological Side Effects of Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities and allergies are among the most common types of allergies a person can experience. Common food allergies include eggs, fish, milk, nuts, peanuts, shellfish, soy, wheat, and dairy. These sensitivities can wreak havoc on the body in a variety of ways. Getting tested for allergies is highly recommended, as many people learn to live with the side effects of their sensitivities, not realizing this is the reason why they are experiencing negative symptoms.

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