Neurofeedback

Deemed a ‘Level 1/best support’ according to the American Academy of Pediatrics analysis of Evidenced-Based Child and Adolescent Interventions (September 2010), biofeedback consists of a variety of technologies which reflect back to a person about what is happening in their bodies/brains in order to then use that information to better self-regulate.

EEG Biofeedback, or Neurofeedback, is a powerful evidence-based approach that tracks and mirrors a person’s brain waves in order to help the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of the brain’s natural resources.

Appropriate for children ages 6 and up,  NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback has been used to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of challenges faced by our young clients at Rising Sun. We have seen it be especially effective for anxiety and emotional regulation, both of which often underlie or compound other issues such as PTSD, ADHD, OCD, tics, developmental and learning disorders.  During a session five eeg sensors are placed on a child’s ears and head.  These sensors track the brain waves, micro-second by micro-second, and offer ‘feedback’ to the brain through music, by stopping the music temporarily if there is turbulence in the brainwaves.  This turbulence precedes the firing of conditioned neural pathways and the interruption in the music gives the brain a moment to reflect and reset itself, over time choosing new and efficient neural pathways.  As a passive and unconscious experience, children don’t have to ‘do’ anything to feel the effects.  They simply sit with headphones and listen to music while they choose to draw, craft, read or play lego for the approximate 30 minute session.  Learn more about how this technology works and the benefits that some local families have received in this film:

There are a few key factors that distinguish NeurOptimal® from other neurofeedback systems:

1. NeurOptimal® is effective because it is designed to work best with your individual brain. It does not attempt to “fix” predetermined conditions or pin down specific problems. This was a limitation in many earlier neurofeedback systems. Often, resolving one problem in one area could cause problems elsewhere. The heart of the NeurOptimal® system -Dynamical Neurofeedback®- is a proprietary technology based in neuroscience and specifically designed with the naturally non-linear function of the human brain in mind. NeurOptimal® is built to harness the incredibly dynamic nature of your brain in a way other systems simply cannot match. As a result, this neurofeedback system can be used effectively to address a wide array of complaints without specifically “targeting” them from the outset of the training.

2. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is extremely safe. Research shows your own brain “knows best” and therefore the NeurOptimal® brain training system does not force or “push” the brain in any one direction. Basically, Dynamical Neurofeedback® provides your brain with the information it needs to correct itself and function at its most optimal. NeurOptimal® simply enables your own brain’s natural process of self-correction.

3. NeurOptimal® requires no effort on the user’s part. Some brain training systems require the user to “interact” by playing games or solve puzzles during sessions. This additional level of interaction is unnecessary with the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system. During a training session, you can simply relax and enjoy!

How many sessions might you need?
Every central nervous system is different and the amount of sessions needed will depend on the gravity of the symptoms being targeted, as well as other extraneous factors such as level of stress, medications being taken and others.  In general, issues can be managed well between 10-45 sessions.  To start, we recommend aiming for 10 sessions and completing 2 sessions per week.   Find out more about appointments and fees>> Matt Hunwick Womens Jersey