Neurofeedback for Kids

ADHD, anxiety in childhood and school performance are all very common problems many children and families deal with and medications often have side effects and may not have much benefit in long term outcomes in the most recent studies.

However, these issues can dramatically affect how children learn, play and their ability to feel happy, calm, connect with their peers and family and grow and develop optimally.

The NeuroHolistic Approach for Kids: Supporting Healthy Brain Development & Focus

We use a combination of noninvasive painless brainmapping using qEEG technology along with neurofeedback brainwave training and kid-friendly food as medicine programs for kids and families to help overcome issues related to attention and focus, adhd and behavioral issues and support healthy development naturally but based on evidence-based approaches.

Recommended for Children & Youth Ages 6-18 with the following problems:

  • ADHD, hyperactivity & attentional issues
  • Problems with focus and concentration without hyperactivity
  • School & Academic Performance
  • Anxiety and Emotional Regulation
  • Dyslexia and learning disabilities
  • Allergies and food sensitivities

Step 1: Brain Scanning-find out if there are brain challanges your child is facing such as ADHD, problems with focus and concentration, learning issues and behavioral challanges such as anxiety.

Step 2: Get Your Program-child and family friendly medicinal food plans and natural supplements safe for your child and specific to their needs that dont take hours a day to prepare.

Step 3: Train the Brain-based on the brain map and consultation with our experts we will develop a neurofeedback program that lets your child gain control over their behaviour, focus ability and other issues without the use of stimulant medications with results that last after the training sessions are completed.

Common Brain Mapping Patterns Seen in Children

Safety

Neurofeedback is a way to train brain waves and brain activation patterns to change brain physical anatomy(structure) and how well the brain works (function).  It has been used successfully since the 1970’s for both children and adults and has become as effective as medications (without the side effects) with the recent neurofeedback technology to treat ADHD, anxiety, sleep issues and learning problems.  Unlike medications the changes lasts beyond the last training session as the brain learns to ‘autoregulate’ and fix problems in the circuits that cause problems with attention and mood and learning. Neurofeedback does not ‘change’ personalities or lead to ‘zombie’ like or spaced out children, because it is simply tuning the brain to produce the more beneficial states and rhythms that it already knows how to do on it’s own.

How Is It Done?

  • The child will wear a special cap, called a neurofeedback eeq cap that goes on your head much like a swimming cap.  
  • The cap has 20 small holes that connect with wires in key locations to a computer to measure brain waves and brain activation at different points in the brain
  • The small holes are filled with a gel that conducts the electrical signals from the brain using a blunt syringe that does not puncture the skin or scalp
  • It is comfortable and painless and non-invasive
  • There is no electrical impulses sent INTO the head and no radiation.
  • The electrical signals from the brain are read and then amplified so specialized software can read them.
  • When brain mapping, this information feeds into a special graph of the brain called a qEEG as well as a 3D moving real time picture of the brain and it’s activation, that is made by technology like an MRI image.
  • This allows us to see how the brain is functioning
  • During a training session, the computer provides feedback to you in the form of a sound, movie or game to use operant conditioning allowing the brain to learn how to alter it’s brainwaves and activation patterns.  
  • When the brain is doing the right thing you hear a pleasant sound, or the picture of the movie you are watching gets bright, when it does the wrong thing it goes dark
  • The brain naturally wants to do the right thing to get the reward, because it wants to see the brighter picture or hear the pleasant sound
  • The brain has to adjust itself to get that reward, by changing it’s patterns into the normal range.
  • It is an example of a specific type of Operant Conditioning.  It’s like riding a bicycle--you learn by feeling the balance, by doing and over time you learn to maintain your balance
  • These changes, unlike those seen with drugs, are LASTING, just like knowing how to ride a bike! (the longest research studies shows positive changes remain 30 years after treatment).

The Science & Research Evidence for Neurofeedback for Children with ADHD

Neurofeedback is now recognized as a category A treatment for childhood ADHD by the AMA (American Medical Association).  This means that it is considered the first line therapy for ADHD, and is as good as the best ADHD medications available, but without the negative side effects ADHD medication such as mood changes, low appetite, ‘zombie’ or spaced out symptoms, sleep problems and personality changes.  

Neurofeedback is also effective for helping children shift emotional and behavioral problems such as anxiety, anger management and trouble with self regulation, which is more difficult for children with ADD/ADHD or if there is a family history of similar issues.

Dozens of published studies in mainstream medical journals in both Europe and North America on the use of neurofeedback for ADHD have shown impressive results, including long term major academic performance and better grades, improved school and home behaviour and impulse control, anxiety, learning disabilities, reading comprehension, math skills, and social skills that last years after the final session of neurofeedback training.

Neurofeedback works for ADHD by adjusting neural networks that control attention processes and then change the way these networks work permanently so that the changes last, unlike with ADHD stimulant and new non stimulant serotonin system drugs where changes are only present while the child is medicated and do not last if the medication is stopped. This is done through a process involving long term potentiation into stable (attractor) states within specific brain networks and areas.

Neurofeedback also creates in the child’s brain an enhanced capacity to regulate ‘state changes’ and gated neural signals between brain attentional control areas, much like the operant learning process of learning to ride a bike only on a more complex level.  Just like you never truly forget how to balance on a bike once learned as a child, the brain does not forget the learning gained with neurofeedback and the ability to ‘self regulate’ the previously dysfunctional attentional and behavioral states that lead to children getting a diagnosis of ADHD.

The following studies are a few recent well done studies looking at the effectiveness and safety of neurofeedback to treat ADHD in children, showing that it has equal or greater efficacy for school performance, anxiety relief and behavioural change vs. the leading ADHD medications without the pills side effects: