Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common pediatric behavioral disorders. Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age and 4.1% of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD. Over the years, this percentage continues to increase. Treatment for ADHD typically includes behavioral therapies and stimulant medication, in addition to school accommodations. Most commonly, children are taking medication for ADHD; however, these medications often have intolerable side effects and possible long-term health consequences. In fact, the long-term effects of ADHD medications on children have not been well researched. As an effective alternative to medications, neurofeedback can help with ADHD symptoms.
Can Neurofeedback Help with ADHD?
Neurofeedback, or brain wave biofeedback, has long been utilized to help reduce ADHD symptoms. Neurofeedback is a behavioral therapy that teaches patients how to better self-regulate their own brain functioning. This allows them to improve concentration, attention and focus and reduce fidgetiness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Neurofeedback is considered an evidence-based treatment and is backed by multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and research studies. Multiple randomized controlled studies have found neurofeedback to be effective in the treatment of ADHD.
How Does Neurofeedback Work Exactly?
Neurofeedback relies on the principles of operant conditioning with instantaneous brain wave feedback using electroencephalogram (EEG) wave data. A trained clinician in neurofeedback utilizes specialized computer programs and EEG monitors to guide treatment. The computer reads your brainwave activity and feeds back this information to you through a computer screen. The constant feedback loop allows your brain to make the targeted changes over time.
How Long Will It Take?
To promote lasting learning, neurofeedback sessions need to be conducted at least once or twice per week. Sustained improvement requires approximately 30 to 40 sessions. Each session lasts about 45 to 50 minutes.
Can Neurofeedback Be Used with Adults?
Absolutely. Neurofeedback works well with children and adults. The types of feedback, often in the form of games, music and videos, are adjusted for age appropriateness.
Is Neurofeedback Covered by Insurance?
Some insurance plans cover all or part of the session fee. If your insurance does not cover the cost, you can use a Healthcare Spending Account or pay out-of-pocket. Our office can verify your insurance coverage.
How Do We Start with Neurofeedback?
Dr. Mazzei, Health Psychologist, is board certified in biofeedback and offers neurofeedback to treat ADHD in children and adults. In addition to neurofeedback, she often incorporates adjunct therapies to maximize treatment effects. When your child and/or you meet with Dr. Mazzei, she will talk with you about symptoms, conduct an assessment, and provide her treatment recommendations. She will answer any questions you have and make sure your child is comfortable. Throughout the process, she will ensure that your child feels supported and encouraged. Please call the office at 847-386-8829 to schedule a consultation.