submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Jonathan (not his real name), a shy sixth grader, had difficulty just being in the school environment. His stress was so intense, he became overwhelmed and was unable to finish class work.
At recess, he often paced anxiously. Other children stressed him, and he had difficulty socially. He frequently visited the nurse with physical complaints.
By spring, his difficulties at school were so severe, he was placed on in-home instruction. Even though he was capable of learning, school was not a happy or successful place for him.
As part of his diagnostic intake, Jonathan had a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG). Among other issues, Jonathan was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. The QEEG identified areas where brain wave imbalances were occurring.
Jonathan began neurofeedback while he was on in-home instruction and continued twice weekly through the summer.
By the time school began, his behavior had improved considerably and he was ready to go back to school. During a re-entry meeting with the school staff, his doctor advised that Jonathan would continue to make progress.
Her suggestions for handling any residual stress and anxiety behavior at school were helpful and Jonathan continued to gain control and make satisfactory progress as the year progressed. His behaviors were normalizing, he appeared happier, began making friends, and his parents were encouraged by the progress.
Jonathan’s treatment continued for a few years, and he was able to competitively enter high school. At that point, he was graduated from neurofeedback.
He continued to progress satisfactorily through high school and graduated with acceptance as a freshman into a doctoral program at college.
Jonathan’s life was significantly and permanently improved with neurofeedback. He and his parents are commended for their commitment to his success.
Neurofeedback continues to change lives and help individuals achieve success.