submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Lily, (not her real name), was bouncing on the sofa much like a trampoline. She was probably one of the most ADHD children I had encountered. Her response to my questioning look was “I do this all the time.” Her mother, looking spent, nodded in agreement.
Lily stopped bouncing long enough for me to attach an electrode and ear clips to begin her first neurofeedback session. That was her last bouncing session ever. She began responding to the brainwave biofeedback immediately. She calmed down, became less hyperactive and began to focus more.
Of course, sessions needed to be repeated twice weekly to recruit and “strengthen” more desirable neural pathways. Gradually, her hyperactivity and inattentiveness with her behaviors were brought under control. As time progressed, learning issues were indicated. We followed with an evaluation and a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG). The new information gave us a clearer picture of the imbalances of the brainwaves and the connectivity problems between different areas of the brain.
Gradually, as her learning issues were addressed, academic success was being realized. Emotional issues that began to surface during the course of treatment were also addressed, and she was gradually growing into a responsible and successful student.
Lily was a complex case. She first came to treatment for ADHD as an alternative to psycho-stimulants. These behaviors were not her only area of concern. Beneath the layer of inattentive hyperactive behaviors, there were learning and emotional concerns that a systematic process of neurofeedback was able to address to improve this young lady’s life.
Due to the commitment to neurofeedback treatment by mother and daughter, Lily is happy and very successful today. Neurofeedback is an effective modality that treats attention, hyperactivity, learning and emotional problems. It is a drug-free treatment that successfully trains the brain to produce the more desirable brainwaves in order to improve behaviors, cognitive skills, and emotional balance.