In-School Neurofeedback Helps Kids with ADHD

A report in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (2014), demonstrated that children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) who received in-school neurofeedback, made greater improvements than children receiving in-school computer based cognitive training (CT) or no intervention.

The study involved 104 students in second or fourth grades, diagnosed with ADHD who were attending public schools in the Greater Boston area. Forty sessions of in-school computer attention training intervention using neurofeedback or cognitive training (CT) were administered. All three groups were evaluated, using a variety of validated and standardized measures, by parents, teachers, and blinded observers, pre- and post-intervention.

After completing training, children in the neurofeedback group exhibited significant improvement in attention and executive functioning compared both to children in the cognitive training group and to those in the control group.

Furthermore, in a 6 month followup study published in Pediatrics (March 2014), gains for neurofeedback participants in the areas of inattention, executive functioning, and hyperactivity/impulsivity remained significantly greater than gains found among children in CT and control conditions.

In addition, neurofeedback participants who were medicated at the start of intervention, maintained the same stimulant medication dosage, whereas medicated participants in both CT and control conditions showed statistically and clinically significant increases in dosage.

At Brownback, Mason & Associates, we have more than 20 years experience in treating ADHD with neurotherapy. Our approach customizes the therapy to the client, beginning with a comprehensive symptom questionnaire and clinical intake to target symptoms and proceeding with a Quantitative Electroencephalogram and psychoeducational test battery to pinpoint dysregulation in specific brain regions correlating with symptoms. Protocols are then designed to address these dysregulations and neurotherapy begins. At the same time, the client receives instruction in heart rate variability biofeedback and holistic healthy behaviors to facilitate the optimization of neurotherapy.

Sources:

Steiner N.J., Frenette, E.C., Rene, K.M.,et al. Neurofeedback and Cognitive Attention Training for Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Schools Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics January 2014: 35(1):18-27.

Steiner N.J., Frenette, E.C., Rene, K.M.,et al. In-School Neurofeedback Training for ADHD: Sustained Improvements From a Randomized Control Trial PEDIATRICS March 2014: 133(3): 483-492.
 

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