Neurofeedback and Biofeedback for Children
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback for Children
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback can be effective therapies in the development of children. Whether the issue is performance in school, social skills, or attention deficit or hyperactivity, Connect My Brain has experience in helping children achieve their best.
Our facility is comfortable and child-friendly, and serves as a welcoming, supportive space is for all of our patients.
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback allows a child to receive feedback, through sight and sound, about what is happening in their body to manage their reactions better. This therapy utilizes heart rate, skin conduction, breathing, and muscle tension.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a drug-free procedure that uses the observation of brain waves to identify and impact change in a variety of conditions. Over time, this therapy allows children to self-regulate how areas of the brain communicate with each other leading to improvements in attention, emotions, and behavior.
What To Expect
Connect My Brain utilizes two methods for evaluating your current state of brain health or the flexibility in your thoughts, physical actions, and function.
There are many brain waves known today, and they should provide a flexible tone, allowing us to move in and out of each wave throughout our daily encounters. However, because we often experience stressful situations, as many children do in school or at play, our brain tone can become “stuck.”
When there is a chronic or a long-lasting, change in tone, it affects the function of our body, our emotional outlook, and physical abilities.
Often we can make a shift for ourselves and begin to move forward again. However, sometimes, we cannot.
When we are not able to do this for ourselves, Neurofeedback sessions help us to regain the flexibility necessary in our brain tone. As a result, we can break the “stuck” pattern and restore health.
At Connect My Brain, our services include:
“Stress Response Evaluation” (SRE) and Brain Mapping.
The SRE is an effective and accurate method of measuring your physiological stress response. It is a 12-minute, non-invasive, computerized test, using an instrument found in research facilities around the world.
To conduct the evaluation, sensors are attached to the skin in areas such as your shoulders, the top of your head, and your hands.
There are no needles or any form of skin penetration. From this computerized test, we can compare your neurological response and recovery to four types of stress challenges. The test evaluates the brain’s influences on
- Heart Rate
- Heart Rate Variability
- Skin Conduction
- and Muscle Response
The SRE is an instrumental tool in determining your unique recovery protocol. The test measures your ability to have a balance between Sympathetics and Parasympathetics, or the Autonomic Nervous System.
Sympathetics are thought to be the “fight-or-flight” mechanism and Parasympathetics is the ability of the body to relax, to sleep, digest, eliminate, and reproduce.
Heart Rate Variability looks at the heart rate between inhalation and exhalation. Inhalation is equivalent to sympathetics and exhalation is equivalent to parasympathetics. So every time you inhale, the process of filling the lungs is controlled by sympathetics, and every time you exhale the parasympathics regulates this process. The balance is essential to neurological function.
Clinical Q Assessment
The second evaluation we conduct is known as a “Clinical Q.” Based on Dr. Swingle’s research and years of clinical experience, the Clinical Q identifies the precise nature and location of the neurological condition(s) in five critical regions.
The Clinical Q requires about 6 minutes of recording time, and often clients are surprised by the rapidity and remarkable accuracy of the procedure and impressed that therapy commences during the initial intake.
Brain mapping begins with the measurement of brain waves, using a qEEG assessment. Specific brain-wave frequencies are associated with individual physical and mental states.
For example, if the brain produces excessive delta waves in the frontal lobe, an individual may experience foggy thinking, chronic pain, concentration, and forgetfulness. When an adult is experiencing too much delta, it may be challenging to focus or pay attention.
Following the assessment, a neurofeedback plan is developed to assist in the practice of self-regulation. If an individual is struggling to focus, the practice of neurofeedback creates the time and place to regain control. The development of the ability to self-regulate using neurofeedback usually requires about 40 sessions.
The goal of neurofeedback is to use your own brain’s activity as a form of therapy to exercise the ability to self-regulate your thoughts and body.
Neurofeedback is something that you are designed to do. However, when you are “stuck,” you have temporarily lost the ability to do it on your own. Neurofeedback is a real-time therapy allowing you to reconnect to yourself.