Anyone had success with Neurofeedback therapy?

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    • #91569
      ruhl
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      Hi, I’m hoping to try neurofeedback therapy for 10 year old boy. Meds are causing issues and not controlling impulse control.Has anyone had experience with using neurofeedback? Would love to get a bigger picture of how it’s helped or not helped. Also does anyone use a machine at home?

    • #91577
      yolagnes
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      Neurofeedback works for some people, but the costs are high and invariably most report that once it stops they lose ground. I’m not going to say don’t do it as I have tried everything on earth to help my child continue to gain ground. If money is not an issue for you I’m going to suggest that you go to a Functional Chiropractic Neurologist, someone who has studied at the Carrick Institute. If you’re going to be spending money, I think this is the best shot of getting your son’s brain rebalanced. My son is 12 and has just started with an excellent practitioner in NJ. It’s a long and by the time we get through it an expensive process, but I pay as I go along, so it’s not a frightening bill. if you’ve studied ADHD you already now that part or parts of the brain got stuck in development and as a result the brain does not make the connections it needs to make to function properly. The only way to unstick the brain that is delayed is to get it to develop and that is a physical as well as educational process. Fortunately, the brain is plastic, meaning unless there is physical damage to it (and even then) it will continue to develop as you age and continue to make connections until you likely hit your mid 20s and beyond. The brain continues maturing. Meds will only help your son in the short term in acquiring information. They don’t rebalance anything that will allow him to take the information and use it in an age appropriate way. Another thing you might want to look into is Brain Balance. Not to actually go through the program but to get the evaluation so you can get a sense of where your son’s brain is stuck so you can start addressing his issues one by one if money is an issue for you. If you observe your child you will see that many systems, eyes, hearing, tactile, balance, smell, sense of space, practically all systems are not connected. I could not afford to go the route I am taking now until this point, but there were many things I did to do to move him towards balance, OT therapy for his writing, Physical therapy for his balance issues, vision therapy to help his brain connect with his eyes (that process alone took a year, but oh my God the results were stupendous!), social skills training to help him learn to recognize social cues. There are many things you can try that will help your child improve.

      • #91667
        ruhl
        Participant

        Thanks for the great info on both replies. Sorry it’s my first time on here and can’t work out how to individually reply to post. Im going to do some more research. I had not heard of a functional chiropractic neurologist. I live in Australia and will have to find out who might specialise in this here. I hope you continue make gains with your child. You sound like your on the right track. Such big journeys we have to go on! 😊

    • #91662
      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      Here’s more in neurofeedback for ADHD:

      Expert Webinar Replay: What Parents Should Know About Neurofeedback for ADHD

      Brain Training for ADHD: What Is It? Does It Work?

      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #91749
      myevilov
      Participant

      Our identical twins with ADHD did not have a good experience. we completed a whole program. Part of the issue was the technology used was very old and ill fitting. for example, there were nodes placed on the head and clipped on ears, which after going for many treatments actually became painful. The computer equipment and visuals were almost dos like. there were limited reading materials offered for use during treatment. So in summary, the shortcomings in execution got in the way of the boys learning to build strength in the treatment objectives. The kids came to hate the treatment, running away from the office and caused far more conflict than any benefit derived. Also expensive and mostly not covered by my premium PPO insurance.

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