Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
Although the technology is complex, the process is simple, painless, and non-invasive. It is just learning. You learn to alter your brain activity the same way you learn every other skill. You learn through feedback and practice. What is new in neurofeedback is that you are guided by a form of feedback that was previously not available to you. With neurofeedback, you get instantaneous information or feedback about changes in your brain’s electrical activity. Every half second, your brain activity is compared to your target or goal for change. You get a signal and “reward” when you meet the goal. No signal or reward when you do not
Repetition to Create Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticityallows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
For Example, in 20 neurofeedback sessions, with feedback every half second, you get 72,000 chances to learn. That’s a lot of repetition and practice. Brain science has shown that repetitive exercise of brain networks results in brain change. This is called neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback allows you to harness neuroplasticity to get to the root of the problem and reshape your brain. Learn more.
Neurofeedback is just learning, guided by immediate feedback.
Neurofeedback is like the game when children have to find a hidden object. You give them hints: “You’re getting warmer” when they get closer to the target, and “You’re getting colder” when they are headed away from the goal. With frequent enough hints, they can find the object, no matter where it is hidden. The hints are feedback about their efforts to reach their goal. As long as they learn from the feedback and adjust their search based on these hints, they will be able to reach the target.
When you do neurofeedback, the process is exactly the same – feedback guided learning. You are trying to reach your brain change targets. You get a cue or signal every half second, to tell you when you have reached the brain training target and when you have not. With 20 neurofeedback sessions, you get 72,000 hints. That’s a lot of opportunities to learn, to guide your brain towards your goals.
Recommended by leading doctors:
“With neurofeedback the child is exercising the nerve pathways that control attention and mental processing. As these neural pathways are exercised, children develop a sense of what concentration feels like, and they get excited about it. After practicing these exercises over a period of time, the pathways involved in attention and learning seem to work more efficiently. This enhanced brain activity becomes a natural part of the child's functioning.' -- William Sears, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and practicing pediatrician for more than three decades.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics rates Neurofeedback as a Level 1, first line treatment for ADHD
Check out this link from Duke University: http://www.helpforadd.com/2014/april.htm
ACTS has recently purchased a Freedom D-7 Neurofeedback headset in both our Lancaster, PA office and Wyomissing, PA office. This is a research grade dry wireless EEG headset, designed specifically for ultra-rapid application of 7 sensors that provide feedback. This allows for the brain to be trained in 7 areas at one time at constantly updating conditions and responses. This device allows for more dedicated training of those brain areas and an increased response throughout your treatment.
Neurofeedback treats social, emotional and behavioral problems without the use of costly medications that come with a plethora of sided effects. In fact, very few psychotropic medications have FDA approval in children.
Neurofeedback in Lancaster, PA, and Reading, PA is a non-invasive treatment that retrains the brain to a typical or balanced state, thus improving focus, attention, calm states and moods.
Neurofeedback has been shown to result in profound and permanent positive change, ultimately improving client functioning to a significant degree. EEG and Neurofeedback is a research-proven treatment that is effective for a variety of disorders including without the use of medications;
Autism / Asperger's / PDD-NOS/ High Functioning Autism
Anxiety Disorders-Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Tourette's and Tic Disorders
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, makes use of the brain’s capacity for change to reshape brain networks. It is a way to directly train the brain to function better. Neurofeedback is a research-supported treatment to sharpen attention, relieve anxiety, enhance mood, and improve learning, and behavior…without medication.
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