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Article in Boston Globe on Neurofeedback study results - children

Hello,

This is a great article about the results of a study done by Tufts Medical Center with 104 school aged children.  They compared the differences with children.  Some were on meds, meds and NF, behavioral therapy and nothing.  The kids who had Neurofeedback faired the best and had the greatest improvement on hyperactiveness and impulsiveness. 

A really good article!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/02/17/brain-training-school-has-lasting-effect-alleviating-adhd/ZdwuUpkjycA5OBQVvX282K/story.html

Mitzi

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Mitzi,
Thank you for sharing this article.  I started my son on neurofeedback.  He had about 6 treatments and his behavior escallated through the roof, so I stopped and sought out medication for him.  I don’t believe the neurofeedback was responsible, but it just wasn’t working fast enough to save my sanity.  We are on a great regimen of medication now and I am hoping to resume neurofeedback again with the hope that we can go off medication vs. keep at the lower dose.  I appreciate any and all research that supports that.  Hopefully, in the future there will be more research in this area to encourage insurance and the schools to offer this as a treatment over medications when possible. 
Kim

Posted by Mom247 on Mar 13, 2014 at 12:26am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing your experience.  I can totally understand.  I started feeling the effects of my first dose of Ritalin in the first 15 minutes, the full effects within 2 hours.  My first thought was “so this is how normies meditate” I didn’t know my body could feel so calm. 

I loved Ritalin and had been on it 6 months before starting Neurofeedback.  I had also been on a 6 week regimen of vitamins/minerals/fish oil with a protein based diet.  I don’t know if those things helped but I was able to let go of meds after starting NF treatment.

I appreciate hearing that it didn’t work as quickly for your son.  It hits home that everyone responds differently. 

Thank goodness for stimulant medication.  I will always be grateful my doctor prescribed it.

I think it would be great if more schools offered NF treatment to their students. 

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 13, 2014 at 1:07am

I haven’t read the article yet but am interested in it as my son has done 10 treatments of Neurofeedback.  He has been off meds since last June but certain ADHD traits are still a constant factor which I feel is impacting his grades(rushing thru school work, not following directions). 

Since treatment, I have noticed that he is more calm and less argumentative.  His grades are reflecting that he is putting in more effort and time.  Sent a notice to the teacher asking for their input so I am curious as to what they say.

As a parent, it is a constant struggle whether to put him back on the meds and whether the money being spent on this treatment works since my doctors say there isn’t enough studies to support it.

Kim,
during one of my sons second treatment, he became highly hyper and couldn’t focus on his homework.  I instantly became worried and texted therapist “is this normal?  It ended up that my son is highly sensitive on his left side of the brain.  I don’t think the left side is stimulated any longer but if it is, it is so minimal that I don’t notice it.

Posted by knrdodd on Mar 13, 2014 at 9:38pm

Well like you said you have seen improvement in some areas with the Neurofeedback treatment.  I certainly wouldn’t perceive it as a failure if you decide to reintroduce medication.  There is no one formula for success in treating ADHD. 

For myself my prominent issues that I had to have relief from were hyperness, impulsiveness, compulsiveness, anxiety, and depression.  I am fortunate that I have had symptom relief first with meds then with Neurofeedback. 

I have been off Ritalin and Wellbutrin for 15 months.  If there was any relapse of those 5 symptoms, I would be back on meds in a heartbeat.  I am a huge medication advocate.  It is about quality of life and doing whatever works.  It is a different formula for everyone.

p.s. One of the reasons I find Neurofeedback so exciting is that it treats a host of conditions.  My clinician uses it on her patients with issues of PTSD, Migraines, Strokes, Addictions, and Brain Injuries. 

In fact one of her patients, who is a stroke victim, is a client of mine.  I saw him 2 weeks ago after not seeing him for 15 months.  He had started Neurofeedback treatment a month before I did.  I was blown away by how much he had improved.  I know not all of it was contributed to NF, but from my own experience I know a lot of it had.  The brain is simply amazing and always trying to find balance.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:05pm

Hi Mitzi,

We read this article as well and we are using the neurofeedback program sited in the study with our Tyke with brilliant results. We also, are so happy to see more research is being done in this area. Like we say: “Yes Mum, we can change our minds.” My girlfriend is used the neurofeedback with her daughter with total success and now is using it with her father who has Parkinson’s disease. Here is another similar article published in another newspaper:
http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/family-health-new-adhd-treatments-research-show-promise-for-future/article_06ce695e-a925-11e3-9b1f-0019bb2963f4.html

Posted by Elly on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:56pm

Hi Elly,

It is great to hear about your success stories with NF.  It sounds like both children are having a great response to treatment. 

I would love to hear how your girlfriend’s father does with treatment and his Parkinson’s condition.  Hopefully he will experience improvement in the quality of his life. 

I agree about research.  I hope there is more and more discovered.  To think a treatment that is so simple can be so powerful is amazing. 

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:19am

Thanks for sharing this article!  My son is on the Daytrana patch and I am just starting to look into alternative therapies to supplement and/or replace the medication. 

How did any of you go about finding a practitioner?  I have no idea where to start and how to check references.

Thanks!

Posted by Purplezebra on Mar 14, 2014 at 8:09pm

Hello,

There are different avenues for Neurofeedback.  I lucked out as a client of mine, who is an LCSW, learned the Othmer Method of NF 4 years ago to add to her practice.  I will put a link at the bottom for this type of NF. 

I love the site as it is simply written, has great videos, and if you put in your zip code you can find a practitioner in your location.  One of the videos I particlularly liked was one of a mother/son.  He is 10 years old and talks about the differences he sees/feels about his life since starting NF.  I thought it was a powerful and wonderful testimonial.

Mitzi

http://www.eeginfo.com

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 14, 2014 at 8:42pm

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