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Oppositionality ended with neurofeedback

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Ronny (not his real name), a 10-year-old youngster from Bensalem, had significant difficulty with self-regulating his behaviors. He had many issues, some of which included moving and talking excessively, lacking patience, being restless, having difficulty playing quietly, and being easily annoyed by others.

Other behaviors included having a short attention span, being disorganized, being easily distracted, having difficulty concentrating and completing tasks.

He had difficulty following instructions, blurted out comments, frequently interrupted others, had difficulty taking turns and acted before thinking. He was easily frustrated and often refused to take direction, frequently losing his temper.

Ronny had an “I don’t care” attitude. Lack of progress at school was a major issue.

Being unable to find a suitable solution for all these issues and hopeful for a remedy, his parents followed a recommendation to try neurofeedback.

They were hoping to find a non-medication remedy. As part of his intake, a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) was administered.

The results provided information regarding any brainwave imbalances that were occurring. A treatment plan was developed to address the behavioral concerns.

Gradually, he became more cooperative, less hyperactive, less fidgety, more attentive and less agitated. With time, more of the undesirable behaviors gradually disappeared.

He became more pleasant in conversations and more cooperative in taking direction. Ronny seemed happier. His parents are pleased with his positive behaviors, and progress at school is improved.

These behavioral changes for Ronny are expected to be permanent, resulting in a happier lifestyle, a more successful school experience, and better family and social interactions.

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback whereby the individual, upon receiving rewards, starts to produce more of the desirable brainwaves.

Over time, these more desirable brainwaves that are increased results in lasting positive behavioral changes. As a result, happier and more successful lifestyles are possible.