You know your child well enough to know he can do better
Welcome to the ADHD Neurotherapy clinic. Our expertise is treating ADHD with no medications or side effects, using the Yael Langford nctNeurofeedback Method.
What is the problem in the ADHD brain?
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often believed to simply be difficult, and parents often feel they have failed their child in some way. What actually is happeneing is that while these children can be very intelligent their slowwave brain activity (Theta) in certain areas of the brain is slower than required for concnertration and study.
These states can be measured by EEG and are the electrical frequencies at which the brain functions and this same measuring tool used to train the child/adult to change and improve his own brainwave function.
Stuck in Theta
People with ADHD spend more time in the theta state than normal. The Theta waves dominate their brain wave activity and are therefore unable to concentratePeople with ADHD are not able to shift out of theta wave states when they need to focus and therefore often use hyperactive behaviour to help reach a beta wave (concentrated) state.
Four main brain frequencies
The brain produces four main brain frequencies or waves.
The highest frequency is the beta wave – mind and body active and busy, short term memory in use.
The second highest is the alpha wave, when mind and body are resting, relaxed and reflecting, long term memory is activated and learning is easy.
The third type is the theta wave, the second slowest frequency, a state of deep relaxation bringing high creativity and insight with the subconscious mind accessible.
The slowest, delta dominates in deep, dreamless sleep and in meditation
During the Neurofeedback session the child learns how to train his brain to increase the Beta state and decrease the Theta state OUT OF HIS OWN CHOICE, when he needs to concentrate and when he is interacting socially and emotionally.
HEG Neurofeedback - quick and powerful
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has also been a focus of HEG research. In one typical case study, an adolescent with ADHD presented with highly abnormal QEEG readings and attentional scores on neuropsychological tests. After only ten biweekly HEG training sessions, he rendered a completely normal QEEG reading and significantly improved scores on attentional measures.
Notable about this research is that the improvements persisted eighteen months post-treatment, allowing the patient to greatly reduce the drug therapy necessary for him to function successfully in school and offering a quick and relatively cheap treatment alternative for school systems and parents of children with ADD/ADHD.
The forefront method was developed by the late Yael Langford, a neuroscientist and an expert in ADHD therapy. She founded the Galim clinic in Israel who brunched out around the world.
Your child will train his brain waves using a sophisticated computer software in a friendly and fun way that will improve his achievements.
As your child gets better along the sessions, the exercises will get harder, making his concentration level 'stretch' and work harder to achieve the same goals in the software. That's when the improvement will start showing.
As the concentration levels of your child go higher, he will learn how to induce this focused cognitive state by choice, whenever he needs and and wherever he needs it. This success will go with him for the rest of his life.
Treat your child's ADD/ADHD with no medications!
nctNeurofeedback Step 1 - The brain map and analysis
A QEEG is an assessment tool to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave function.
In order to tailor the neurofeedback treatment to you child's specific brain activity and patterns, the first meeting will be taking the case, filling in questionnaires and mapping the brain activity. This will enable us to analyse the specific imbalanced patterns and the aspects that will need to be balanced during the treatment.
Once the assessment is complete and treatment goals have been established,we will be ready to start!
This assessment time also gives you the chance to meet your neurofeedback therapist, see what we do, and find out what you can expect from the training.
nctNeurofeedback Step 2 - the training sessions
Now, for 30-40 sessions (45-50 min each) your child will train his brain like you will train a muscle in the gym.
The child is seated in front of a screen, EEG electrodes are attached to his scalp and a HEG sensor is placed on his forehead. He then plays a game that he or she can only operate and succeed in by concentrating. Over a number of sessions the childs concnertation improves and more he succeeds the harder the challenge becomes and thus he develops even more- increasing the Beta state.
At the end of a session, the results of his or her brain activity and performance are added to previous sessions' results and so, we - the therapists, can follow and share with the parents the process, improvement and success.
nctNeurofeedback - The results
At the end of the series of therapy, your child will experience vastly improved learning abilities that will be expressed in areas such as:
1. Improved focus and concentration in the classroom and at home
2. Development of a strategy for his daily use of 'How do I make myself concentrate?'
3. The ability to complete tasks, homework and essays
4. Taking control of impulsive or aggressive behaviour and choosing the correct alternatives to express emotions.
Important! ADHD kids are oftentimes bright, some of them extremely so, and they have a very special way of perceiving the world around them. Some of the best of the world's inventors and artists had ADHD.
The purpose of the nctNeurofeedback treatment is not to change that or take it away from them. Rather, the purpose is to give them the tools to improve their focus and concentration and to build their cognitive state that will serve them in school and future studies/jobs when they will choose to use it.
As one little girl so sweetly said after successfully completing her training “Before I came to Rachel I had one little dwarf who came to play with me and we had fun. He used to take me out of the classroom and stop me doing homework and we would play. After being with Racheli I now have two dwarfs! One to play with and one to help me concentrate and do my schoolwork.”
Why is nctNeurofeedback so powerful?
The unique thing about the Langford method is the combination of neurotherapy with cognitive, behavioural and psychological treatment. Our therapists encourage the child to understand and take control of his brain activity and training.
A great focus is put on the child's self confidence
ADHD kids usually present low self esteem due to constant feeling of failure in the educational system. They can't help it (unless they learn to train it) that they forget their homework or stop listening to the teacher during a lesson. It's their imbalanced brain activity that does it for them. And then they are blamed and given labels such as 'problematic kids'. this and more heightened the frustration level of the child and might lead to aggressive behaviour.
The result is that the child can't function properly without his medication....
This is why our therapists focus on the child's involvement in the treatment and on guiding the parents along the process. This is part of the key to the success of the treatment.
Neurfedback improves and raises IQ
It is fascinating to note that ADD/ADHD or learning disability studies that have evaluated IQ pre- and post treatment have commonly found IQ increases following neurofeedback training.
These improvements ranged from an average of 9 IQ points improvement in one study (Linden, Habib, & Radojevic, 1996), to an average improvement of 12 IQ points in a study by L. Thompson and Thompson (1998), a mean of 19 IQ points in another study (Tansey, 1991), and even up to an average increase of 23 IQ points in a study by Othmer, Othmer, and Kaiser (1999).