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ENHANCING YOUR CHILD’S ABILITY TO LEARN
Neurofeedback (also known as Neurotherapy or EEG Biofeedback) is a method of training the brain to function more efficiently. By measuring and analyzing brain wave patterns, and providing feedback that helps the brain change inefficient patterns, Neurofeedback helps reduce the symptoms that prevent your child from learning. Anxiety, impulsivity, ADHD, and inattention can all be significantly reduced through Neurofeedback training.
As symptoms are reduced we teach new behavioural strategies to children and youth. And we assist parents in adopting new parenting strategies, ensuring that your adolescent’s improvements are established and maintained.
Neurofeedback training – delivered at our office in Surrey alone or with Behavioural Consultation and interventions such as child care worker support, counselling and parent coaching – has been demonstrated to significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SOS Children's Village BC was one of the first organizations in the province to offer Neurofeedback training to clients and remains on the cutting-edge of this exciting treatment in Vancouver and beyond.
BENEFITS OF NEUROFEEDBACK
Neurofeedback training optimizes brain function – that means it helps the brain to re-organize and self-regulate more efficiently. When this occurs symptoms and complaints such as inattention, anger, hyperactivity, anxiety, traumatic reactions, and depression naturally and effortlessly abate allowing for greater information processing, increased memory, decreased anxiety, better self-organization and high degrees of self-control.
With Neurofeedback training, the source and frequency of the neurological inefficiency is identified and then the brain is assisted in healing and repairing itself via the feedback it receives. As a result of this process, the symptom(s) are either significantly reduced, or eliminated altogether through the brain's plasticity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has reached the conclusion that EEG Biofeedback, aka Neurofeedback, is a Level 1 (Best Support) Evidence-Based Practice for Attention and Hyperactivity behavioural disorders.
In this clip the mother talks about how her daughter used to be very isolating and there would be an hour and a half fight of screaming and yelling just to make her bed. After the therapy, the daughter is no longer oppositional, they no longer have the old battles, she is sharing more due to having the language to express how she feels. The mother never expected results so quickly - vast changes after only the 2nd session - the daughter is on par emotionally with her peers now. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
In this first clip of four, the mothers each talk about the initial diagnosis and their child's difficulty dealing with people and school, and the positive changes from the therapy. "Mom, I feel better. I can do this now." Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb.
In this second clip of four, the mothers talk about living with an autistic child before the therapy and after the therapy. About how their kids feel more comfortable in their skin and have friends now. The parents feel like they can finally let go a little as a result of the treatment. Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb.
In this third clip of four, the mothers talk about how their kids felt locked in their own world before treatment, and now they can calm themselves and manage/cope much better. About how sometimes one mother forgets she even has an autistic son now. "Mom, I think I will be fine." Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
In this last clip in the series, the mothers talk about how they're hearing from teachers about how much their kids have progressed, that there are no negative side effects from the therapy, and the big decrease they've noticed in anxiety. Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
TREATING AUTISM, ADHD, AND ANXIETY
Anxiety, ADHD, and autism are conditions that typically 'travel together'. A number of research studies over the past decade have attested to the growing evidence of overlap between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). And studies have demonstrated that 39.6% of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have at least one anxiety disorder, the most frequent being specific phobia (29.8%) followed by OCD (17.4%) and social anxiety disorder (16.6%).
Both ADHD and anxiety disorders are characterized by dysfunction and mismanagement of the brain’s energy: they get in the way of the brain’s ability to learn. By treating ADHD and anxiety, neurofeedback training helps to 'clear a path' for learning to occur and is now recognized as the best support intervention for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT NEUROFEEDBACK FOR AUTISM
"…He had frequent meltdowns that made it very difficult to get through to him. He also had problems expressing himself, and was constantly agitated. After around one year he was a completely different child. He was polite, he was very rarely aggressive anymore, his 'melt downs' stopped completely … He has friends at school for the first time that I can remember and he now uses his words instead of lashing out at people.”
Learn more about Neurofeedback:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Clinical Research
- Rent a Personal Neurofeedback System for Home Use
- Scientific American: Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Builds Empathy
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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING AT SOS BC
Doug West, Manager of Autism Services
Phone: 604-574-2964 ext. 106