Neurofeedback for ADHD
Are you or your child struggling with focus?
Is it so hard to stay on track in the morning that getting out of the house is stressful?
Is there a trail of “things” that have not found their place in your home?
Are things constantly forgotten?
People can underestimate the difficulty that ADHD symptoms have on life. As a parent, you feel like you are “herding cats” to get your child to do chores, homework, life. It hurts to see them struggle so much and you feel helpless as their parent. Nothing seems to work despite everyone’s best efforts! Then, because you are trying to help them do life, there is the inevitable conflict. You feel like the nag asking them to do things a million times. Then you may yell. This is not what you want for your child or your family.
It is a brain problem not a character problem
When someone in the family has ADHD it impacts everyone in the family. It is just hard. AND, it is not because you are a “bad parent”. It is not because you have a “bad kid”. Difficulty with focus, hyperactivity, and impulsivity happens because of a brain difference. What we say is, “It is a brain problem not a character problem.” People who have ADHD often feel like if they only tried more it could be better, but often times this is not true.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. I wear glasses (or contacts). If I was to try to see without my eyewear, it would be REALLY hard for me. The world would look like a fuzzy place. As much as I tried to see clearly and as much as you encouraged me to see clearly it would still be hard. You could set up rewards and consequences, but the world would still look like a fuzzy place to me! It is easy for us to accept this as truth with our eyes because it is physical. The thing is, it truly is no different with ADHD. The brain functions differently when someone has ADHD. IT IS PHYSICAL TOO!
What can be done to treat ADHD?!?!!?
Okay, so ADHD is a brain difference, which makes sense because a lot of people take medication for ADHD to address the brain difference. That is what medication does. BUT, what if medication doesn’t work for you? What if you don’t want to take medication? Thankfully THERE IS ANOTHER OPTION! Neurofeedback is an amazing option for treating ADHD.
- American Academy of Pediatrics lists Neurofeedback as a level One intervention for ADHD (which is as good as it gets)
- It’s non-invasive and long-lasting, with most people not requiring “boosters” for sustainability.
- It promotes lasting, reliable and consistent change for those with ADHD and focus-related issues.
- Over 35 years of research indicates it’s effective for 80% of people who complete training.
- Neurofeedback is all-natural, safe and effective for both kids and adults.
The first step in Neurofeedback is to complete a QEEG, which allows us to “take a picture” of the electrical activity in the brain. This is just a 19 channel EEG where you come into the office and put a cap on your head which is connected to a computer. Nothing ever goes into your head, but we collect the electrical activity from your brain. It doesn’t hurt and is totally safe. During this appointment we also learn more about what goals you want to reach through completing neurofeedback training.
After completing the QEEG, when you come back for your next appointment, you will get to see your brain map. This is the “picture” of the brain that is also like the roadmap for the training you will do. All training is individualized for you to meet your needs based on your brain. You will then come in twice a week to meet with your therapist and complete training. Your appointments will be 45 minutes each. We will use the time to sit with you as you complete the training and provide any needed strategies to help you reach your goals. Most people need 30-40 sessions, but again, this is individualized based on your needs and goals.
At Mountain Vista Psychology, Dr. Stecker is Board Certified as a Diplomate in QEEG (less than 100 people worldwide have achieved this certification). She artifacts all the brainwave data and guides protocol selection for each client at MVP. All clinicians have a Master’s degree in counseling and have been trained by Dr. Stecker in neurofeedback. Each clinician is either Board Certified in Neurofeedback or in route to obtaining certification. In addition, each clinician is a gifted counselor who is able to support with counseling services if needed. Together as a team we meet weekly to discuss progress of each client to ensure the best care possible. As a team, we love what we do and being a part of all the changes we witness in our clients’ lives!
Even if you have tried other things that haven’t worked (most of our clients have), Neurofeedback can work to help you make the changes you need.
But, you may still have some concerns
Neurofeedback is definitely an investment in your child’s life. By completing Neurofeedback now there is a better possibility of your child being able to reach his/her full potential (and for you to have a less chaotic and stressed homelife)! That said, coming two times a week is hard and we get that! It is a big commitment. To try to help out our therapists all have afterschool appointments to try to provide you with as much flexibility as possible.
We are also committed to making Neurofeedback as affordable as possible for everyone. As insurance typically doesn’t cover Neurofeedback we take HSA, Flex Spending, credit cards, and offer some income based sliding scale appointments.
Some people also have concerns because they have heard something negative about Neurofeedback. Unfortunately, so have we. We have also heard some great things about other providers. Bottom line is, just like any other service, not all Neurofeedback is the same. Not all providers are the same. It is important for you to go to someone who has been trained well and provides Neurofeedback in a way that meets your needs. You can check see who is board certified in your area by clicking this link www.bcia.org.
What makes MVP unique?
We have a high level of expertise with amazing results! We track progress with you through Neurofeedback and are happy to say that approximately 90% of the people who complete training with us have found it to be effective. We work as a team so we can provide you with the best service possible. In addition, your therapist is always sitting right by your side as you complete Neurofeedback supporting you through the process. We love Neurofeedback and serving the people we work with!
Call 720-583-9332 today for a free consultation!
If you are interested, please don’t wait to call or email. It never hurts to learn more information about potential ways you can help your child (or yourself)! We can’t wait to talk with you more about your situation and how we can help!