As many parents raising a child with ADHD know, some days feel as if you?re living with the cartoon character Tasmanian Devil since it may seem as if your child never stops! You may feel overwhelmed with non-stop chatter, activity, ideas and, at times, bad behavior. Learning that ADHD is the root cause can make you feel as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. You finally have an explanation for extreme or excessive behaviors.
Receiving that diagnosis, however, can also raise more questions than it answers. Questions like, ?How will my child succeed in school?? or ?What kind of life will my child be able to lead?? come at a rapid pace and become the new ?unknowns.?
Along with those questions comes the uncertainty of what treatments will have the most positive impact on your child. Do you go the prescription drug route? Do you use behavior therapy? Should you modify his diet? With confusing and conflicting advice surrounding ADHD treatment, it?s difficult to know where to turn first. And if the initial therapy doesn?t work, what then?
It?s helpful to understand the basis for ADHD in the brain before deciding on a course of treatment. Most people living with ADHD have a poorly functioning
frontal lobe. This important area of the brain, located behind the forehead, is responsible for executive functions such as impulse control, socialization, reason and judgment. In someone with ADHD, this area of the brain underperforms. It?s as if the pathways to that part of the brain are blocked or non-existent. That?s the bad news.
Here?s the good news. Saint Louis Neurotherapy can build new pathways and retrain the ADHD brain to utilize the frontal lobe (as well as other parts of the brain). To illustrate this, it?s helpful to think of the brain as a muscle. If you exercise the bicep muscle in your arm by lifting a 10-pound weight every day, you expand the size of that muscle, making it stronger and able to function more efficiently.
The same is true for the brain using neurofeedback, an advanced form of biofeedback. Neurofeedback is our 10-pound weight. Though we use technology that is quite complex, the training activity for patients is simple, painless, drugless and non-invasive. By using neurofeedback, patients unconsciously create new neurosynapses, which allow the brain to work in areas previously considered dysfunctional or underutilized. Once these underperforming parts of the brain are activated, ADHD symptoms begin to disappear. The effects of neurofeedback are permanent.
The process for the patient is quite simple. First, surface sensors are placed in several areas on the scalp. We then run a QEEG to create a brain map showing the areas of brain dysfunction. Once these areas are identified, we place those same sensors correlated to the areas of brain dysfunction. The sensors transmit brainwave activity to a computer screen. The patient receives visual feedback of his brainwave control in the form of a movie. The movie only plays for the patient when he is producing the correct brainwave patterns. If the patient?s brain stops producing the desired brainwave, the movie stops playing. Over the course of 30 to 40 training sessions, the brain modifies itself to begin producing the appropriate brain waves at the right times resulting in a reduction of ADHD symptoms.
It truly is as simple as watching a movie or playing a video game. We don?t, however, only focus on brain retraining. We also employ dietary modifications and strength-based counseling therapy to support the changes your child will be undergoing. Your child will notice a difference in how he thinks, acts and feels. It?s important for him to have a trusted source to confide in and relate with as he begins to change how he thinks about himself.
Dietary changes support a whole-health focus and reduce the possibility that food allergies or other issues aren?t hampering the progress being made through neurofeedback. This three-pronged approach is our way of treating your child holistically acknowledging him as the unique individual he is.
If your child is struggling with ADHD, contact our office at (314) 983-9355 to schedule an introductory meeting to discuss treatment options.
A teacher?s note to one of our patient?s parents:
I wanted to take a moment to write down my observations of your child over the last couple of months, as I know you have decisions to make as to how to proceed with the things you are doing for him. I am truly impressed with the progress he has made. He has some off days still, but these have become few and far between. I have noticed many positive changes in him, so I do feel there has been definite value in all you and your husband have done for him thus far.
Sustained attention during instruction time and stronger focus during independent work.
Seems less impulsive ? not as much shouting out, much less moving from thing to thing without ever really getting to the task at hand, less falling out of his chair
Better able to stay focused for the entire duration of the school day ? no more fading after noon.?These are just some of the positives I have seen, and it has been quite a remarkable transformation.
The St. Louis Neurotherapy Institute
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7:00. August 16 & 21, 2012
11710 Old Ballas Road Suite 205
Creve Coeur, MO 63141