Posted on August 28 2012
Recent research published in the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback journal (September 2012 Vol 37, No 3) shows the benefit of individualized neurofeedback training based on the assessment provided. The article titled “The Effects of QEEG-Informed Neurofeedback in ADHD: An Open-Label Pilot Study” reported four types of ADHD assessment results:
1. Theta/Beta dysregulation. This type of dysregulation indicates excessive under-focused brain wave activity and lack of beta (focused).
2. Alpha dysregulation. Alpha is a type of day dreaming brain wave activity. Excessive amounts lead to lack of focus due to day dreaming.
3. High Beta dysregulation. High beta is over-focused activity - leading to distraction, anxiousness, and obsessiveness.
4. SMR dysregulation (or Low Voltage). Lack of SMR leads to distraction and inability to sustain effort.
The article reviewed research on which groups above typically respond to stimulant medication (#1 and #4) and which do not (#2 and #3).
Depending on the dysregulation type (#1 through #4) and specific protocol can be developed to address the issue. This leads to higher success rates using neurofeedback. This research article reported a 76% success rate (defined as a 50% or more reduction in symptoms post training - in this case about 30 sessions total). At Ready To Focus, we have been following this type of protocol and have developed specific training screens for each issue. Our office and home based participants are individually assessed by a Doctoral or Master’s level psychologist and assigned to a specific protocol or protocols to increase success rates.
Posted on August 23 2012
By Brad Oostindie
This August I had the unique experience of traveling to Istanbul, Turkey to present our neurofeedback program to missionary and aid workers in the European and Turkic-Arabic regions. Our connection to this group is via Global Partners, the outreach and mission agency of the Wesleyan Church. The workers in this region are involved in a number of different projects including partnerships with relief and humanitarian agencies, outreach activities, community building, and mentoring. All of the individuals and families in this program have raised support from family and friends back home to be on the field and have committed to a long-term stay in the area in which they serve.
The Ready To Focus program and in particular our home based neurofeedback program has been able to provide substantial help to many of these individuals and families. For both the adults and their children on the field we are able to provide help in dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, focus/concentration issues, learning issues, and issues related to chronic pain/migraines. Since our home based program allows for remote use of the equipment no matter where a person or family is located, the use of the program overseas has not proved to be overly problematic in terms of logistical issues.
Ready To Focus has committed to a another year of providing services to this area via two home based units. This is a very good resource to the individuals and families, who otherwise would either not have access to it or would not be able to place the costs for it within their budgets. This is our second year of participating with Global Partners, and we look forward to developing a strategy with them to provide even more services as we move forward. Both this year and last year we provided over 50 assessments and will provide home based neurofeedback to nearly 16 families. We also provided 3 presentations on how neurofeedback works and how it can benefit the participant. All of these services were provided at no cost to the participants.
For all of you who have participated in the Ready To Focus program we thank you for your involvement as all of our activities in the U.S.A. help fund this type of outreach and service. In a way you get to be part of helping out for the greater good as well!
Posted on May 7 2012
The benefits of neurofeedback towards improving attention span and concentration are well documented and understood. Many participants have used the neurofeedback program at Ready To Focus to for these types of issues. Some have even been able to reduce or eliminate prescription medication they were taking to address these issues by utilizing the neurofeedback program. However, it is important not to limit the use of neurofeedback to helping the person with attention span and concentration deficits only.
There are many well-documented uses for neurofeedback beyond improving attention span and concentration. For example, students preparing for SAT exams have been shown in a 2005 study out of Hartford, CT to improve their SAT scores by 7-10% by completing as little as 10 neurofeedback sessions in between testings. Most parents and students understand that 10% increase can be quite signficant in terms of college admissions, scholarships, and other placements. At Ready To Focus we have observed similar results with particpants who have completed the program and then have re-taken ACT tests.
Another common benefit to neurofeedback is improved sleep. Most Ready To Focus participants show improved sleep patterns within 4-8 sessions. Improvement is measured by falling asleep faster, staying asleep better, and not waking up early. Studies on the effectivenss of using neurofeedback to improve sleep date back to the 1970’s. Improved sleep patterns typically result in improved focus, mood, and energy levels during the day.
Lastly, another benefit to neurofeedback is improved athletic performance. Many of our parents of participants comment on how their child’s athletic performance improves when using neurofeedback for other reasons. The sports community has long known that neurofeedback can be used for training purposes. At Ready To Focus we have provided training to professional athletes in professional golf and professional football. We have also provided neurofeedback to many prep athletes, and consulted and presented for Division 1 college programs.
If you have questions about how neurofeedback could help you or your child, feel free to email us or call us (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-850-0535). Our website is also a good source of information. If you’d like, you can schedule a no-charge phone consultation with a psychologist to discuss your particular questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted on April 9 2012
Recent findings indicate that when a neurofeedback treatment plan is tailored to the individual the success rate of the treatment increases significantly. At Ready To Focus we have been providing individualized assessment and treatment planning for years based on this type of approach. Each individual participating in the program meets with a psychologist who is trained in the interpretation of neurofeedback assessment results and neurofeedback training. Ongoing review of the individuals training program is also conducted by this psychologist, who changes and adapts the plan as needed. We believe this is why our participants have a higher degree of success in reducing or eliminating their ADHD symptoms, as well as symptoms related to stress, anxiety, migraines, sleep problems, among others. Here is the article announcing the publishing of these results: research link