Neurofeedback and Children
Clinical research shows that neurofeedback training has an 85% success rate in reducing symptoms of ADHD. Other studies show increases from 10-23 points in IQ scores in groups of children with ADHD. Research using neurofeedback with Autism shows promising results, such as some students improving sufficiently to be moved into regular classes.
In cases such as behavioral problems in children (temper tantrums, aggression, etc), neurofeedback can help children learn to control their impulsive behaviors. For depression, a gradual lifting of mood and increased energy can occur. In cases of anxiety, individuals may experience a calming mind with decreased frequency and intensity of anxiety. For migraines, there's a reduction of intensity, duration and frequency, even for people resistant to medication.
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, "Neurofeedback meets criteria for Clinical Guidelines for the treatment of ADHD, seizures disorders, anxiety ( e.g., Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders...This finding suggests that Neurofeedback always should be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinician..." With regard to its effectiveness for ADHD, "Neurofeedback...will apply in approximately 75% of the time...is the treatment of choice when stimulant medication fails or is complicated by side effects..." (Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2005)
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