Neurotherapy involves measuring a person's brainwave patterns through sensors (wires) placed on the scalp (and ear). The procedure is noninvasive; the wires do not prick the skin, are safe, and are painless. A computer analyzes the brainwave patterns and translates the patterns into an understandable visual and/or auditory format that is fed back to the individual on the computer screen and speakers. The person does not need to understand brain activity or the process of biofeedback to learn to change his own brainwaves. For example, clients can be taught to play computerized games using their brainwave activity. When the desired brainwave pattern is produced, the game continues. When the brainwave pattern falters, the game pauses. Through this process, the client learns to change his brainwave activity. For people with ADHD this corresponds to learning to focus, pay attention, and process information more deeply. It is also practiced while doing school- or work-like activities, helping her to learn to use the new brainwave pattern in daily activities. Evidence suggests that once the brain learns to operate more efficiently, it continues to do so.
It takes time to learn to change brainwave patterns. The course of neurotherapy varies from person to person, with effective treatment usually requiring 20 to 40 sessions. Most individuals with ADHD who undergo neurotherapy treatment report reduced ADHD symptoms, irritability, and oppositional behavior as well as improvements in school/work performance, social relationships, and self-esteem. Negative side-effects should not occur, although rarely individuals with sensitive skin can experience irritation, brief periods of negative feelings can arise, and families can experience problems adjusting as one family member improves (which would be present with any successful treatment)
The staff at Innovative Learning Professionals is excited to offer this promising new treatment alternative for those with ADHD. It can be combined with other treatment approaches, both traditional and alternative.