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What is Neurofeedback?

NCT Neurfeedback is a brainwave training method used for many modes of self improvement. The NCT Neurofeedback clinic specializes in helping to overcome  ADD/Adhd in children and adults and improving learning (or –scholastic) abilities.

 

Neurofeedback is a type of brain training that acts as a reward system for the brain to restore your brainwave patterns to a more optimal range of functioning. It is a non-invasive treatment that works toward improving the source of your unwanted health symptoms.

Neurofeedback  uses realtime displays of  electroencephalography  (EEG) or  hemoencephalography  (HEG) to illustrate brain activity and teach self-regulation. EEG neurofeedback uses sensors that are placed on the scalp to measure brain waves, while HEG neurofeedback uses infrared (IR) sensors or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)  to measure brain blood flow.

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.

NCT 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.

NCT 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.

NCT Neurofeedback - 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 extremly 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 NCT Neurofeedback 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 Racheli 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.”

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NCT Neurfedback improves and raises IQ
It is fascinating to note that ADD/ADHD or learning disability studies that have evaluated IQ pre- and posttreatment 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).
READ MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS

QEEG is an assessment tool to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave function. 

Brain activity map

Now, for 30-40 sessions (45-50 min each) your child will train his brain like you will train a muscle in the gym.

Brain Gym

HEG training aims to boost blood flow activity to your brain and as a result it improves mental and emotional functioning.

Training the PFC