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.
Over the past nearly 20 years, I have worked successfully with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders using neurofeedback. There are times when anxiety is secondary to a learning or social problem. If a person has a problem with their brain, they cannot trust their brain function and conclusions, which is very anxiety provoking. This is especially true if these challenges have been happening for a long time. In this case, it is necessary to address the neurological underpinnings of the learning problems as well as the anxiety.
Nathan*, Age 4
“I have a boo boo!” exclaimed Nathan*, having woken up, once again, in the middle of the night. Nathan would not have been able to say these simple words a month ago. The oldest of fraternal twins, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder at 18 months. His mother became concerned about severe side effects from his several medications and sought out alternatives for Nathan. After fourteen neurofeedback sessions, Nathan is calm, receives behavior rewards at school, sleeps through the night, uses toilets cooperatively on cue and even asks to go to the bathroom. He is no longer afraid to use public restrooms and initiates language with increased vocabulary and expression for the first time. Nathan has become more spontaneous with his twin sister. In play last week, he said, “Lilly, I want to be the ghost now.” Nathan is now able to share a variety of new expressions. When his sister was getting ready for an event he exclaimed, “Wow! What a pretty princess!”