The Center for Personal Growth
Director - Dr. Neal Blackstein
472 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, Rockland County, NY 10989
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent behavioral disorder being addressed in schools today. The disorder begins in early childhood, usually before school age and effects four times as many boys as girls. It is estimated that 30-50% of those children with ADHD, if left untreated, will continue to manifest symptoms of this disorder into adulthood.
Children with this neurologically based condition usually present with a range of problems in school and at home that can include:
*Difficulty concentrating and paying attention to school work, a TV show, a task, etc.
*Unable to sit still for long periods of time
*A tendency towards accompanying learning problems, i.e. poor reading, writing, or math skills
*Oppositional and defiant behaviors
*An abundance of anger
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a drug-free treatment alternative for ADHD. Over the past fifteen years a significant body of research, spearheaded by Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee, has been developed in the biofeedback literature on diagnosing and treating children with ADHD and learning disabilities with an Electroencephalogram (EEG). By using specially designed, non-invasive EEG equipment, individuals can have their brainwaves monitored. Dr. Lubar's research has clearly demonstrated that children with ADHD and/or learning disabilities can be differentiated from normal children by observing their brainwave patterns. Then, by using the special feedback mechanisms built into the EEG the ( child, adolescent, or adult) can be trained to correct the brainwave abnormalities.
Numerous studies using EEG training have shown long term positive changes in terms of:
*Increased self esteem
*Improved school performance
*Long term changes in EEG patterns
*Improved post - training psychometric assessment measures
The Neurofeedback Training Process
Neurofeedback training typically takes 40 - 60 sessions, depending on the severity of the disorder. frequency of training varies from 2 to 5 times per week for a period of four months to a year, depending on the frequency of visits.
EEG progress can generally be noticed after approximately ten sessions, while changes in behavior in the classroom can usually be noticed after two to four months of training.
Frequently Asked Questions
* Are there any adverse side effects from this type of treatment?
No. Unlike the commonly prescribed drug methylphenidate hydrochloride (Ritalin), which may produce loss of appetite, sleeplessness and a decrease in growth, EEG biofeedback training has no side effects.
*Is Treatment Insurance Reimbursible?
It depends on the insurance company and the individual coverage. Any chance of reimbursement will usually require a diagnosis and prescription for treatment from an M.D.