I did not consider meeting with her just to learn more. No, I jumped right in and scheduled an appointment to get Natalie started! Our first appointment was for an evaluation. The practitioner, Ladelle Lybarger, is a retired nurse who works out of her home office in Des Moines, Iowa. She put Natalie and me at ease immediately with her quiet, gentle demeanor. Three separate lines appeared, representing different types of brain waves. She printed out hard copies of the readouts, on which she identified specific patterns in the waves.
It was fascinating to get a visual showing how certain brain waves were too slow, causing inattention. This, the nurse said, explained why Natalie has trouble sleeping. Even as she tries to slow down to prepare for sleep, those bursts of energy continue, trying hard to keep her brain awake and alert. In other words, Lybarger had identified problems that she knows how to work with. She believes she can help. We agreed to begin once-a-week treatments.
More on those in future posts! I accepted it eagerly, and for the next week, I immersed myself in learning more about biofeedback.
My biggest problem with this book is the lack of rigorous, scientific research to support the claims of the authors. I have particular reservations about the author's discussion of autism and it's causes and treatments.
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Some of their recommendations dietary changes, anti-fungal medications are not necessarily supported by the research, but are probably harmless and I am a school counselor and I requested this book with the hope that it would be a resource for me and for parents of my students. Some of their recommendations dietary changes, anti-fungal medications are not necessarily supported by the research, but are probably harmless and may help some children. Others, like chelation, are even potentially harmful.
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That said, I do think that their claims that neurofeedback can help treat various types of brain dysfunction MAY have some credibility. It is less invasive than drug treatment, some preliminary studies do show some effectiveness in the treatment of ADHD, I did some independent research while reading , and if I had a child with severe ADHD, I would probably try neurofeedback. Bottom line, I will keep this book on my shelf, but I will be cautious in my recommendation to parents. This book should be read with a healthy dose of critical thinking, however it does present a treatment option that might not otherwise be considered by parents.
Apr 27, Cheryl rated it really liked it. I have about 50 pages to go in this book. I can't put it down. I'm learning so much about an effective alternative to medication without serious side effects for treating ADHD, dyslexia, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety. A fascinating book I found this book very enlightening. The fact that neurofeedback can't be patented and drugs are able to be patented explains a lot about why there is so little research in this area. We know can train our muscles to improve their function, we can trai I have about 50 pages to go in this book.
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We know can train our muscles to improve their function, we can train our minds to improve our breathing, relaxation, reduce stress etc. It just makes sense that we can train our minds to alter our brain waves. Doctors retrain the brain all the time with respect to rehabilitating patients after a stroke. Why not ADHD, depression, anxiety etc?
Jun 12, Kim Brown rated it it was ok Shelves: reference. Only skimmed sections. Saved for future reference. Apr 15, Trent rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , academic , neurology , non-fiction , science. There are two ways to look at this book. Either you're coming from the point of view of a scientist or as a concerned reader. If you're the concerned reader, this book is fascinating. I had some idea of what went into diagnosing this neurological disorders, but appreciated the checklist system they use to determine the severity. This book includes many stories of neurofeedback's success and the ways in which it can help dysregulated brainwaves by making it into an interactive game.
Other routes t There are two ways to look at this book. Other routes to helping curb these disorders are suggested as well, such as detoxification, getting better sleep, and having a careful diet.
If you're a bit more on the scientific minded side, this book reads like a medical version of chicken soup for the soul. The authors give many stories of the successes of neurofeedback without giving any hard data or evidence. Most of the stories end with, "and we saw lots of improvement", which to me is very subjective. I am interested in reading more of the references because I disagree with the claims that television leads to violent behavior.
It may add to it in some children, but claiming that kids are wrestling around in the waiting room because of something they saw on television, is ridiculous. Boys have violent, hunter-like tendencies, and many will rough-house around whether they like violence on television or not.ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/144053-spy-on-mobile.php
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All in all I enjoyed the book, it's just not something to write a report from. If your child or you are struggling with these disorders I can't see any reason not to try some of the methods outlined in this book. As more and more research comes out, hopefully we'll see that these two authors were right and that neurofeedback is the answer to brainwave dysregulation. Apr 09, Eden rated it it was ok Shelves: first-reads. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback where you learn to regulate your brainwave patterns to promote mental and physical health.
This book focuses on the benefits of neurofeedback for childhood emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems including ADHD, autism, and learning problems. The authors are passionate about spreading the word about drug-free approaches to these common diagnoses, and the particular benefits of neurofeedback, which is noninvasive and relatively cost-effective. The th Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback where you learn to regulate your brainwave patterns to promote mental and physical health.
The theory is that ADHD and other common childhood problems have to do with the child having disregulated brainwave patterns--the brain gets stuck in a mode that is not conducive to paying attention, for example. Neurofeedback trains the brain to generate a different and healthier brainwave pattern.
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The book is full of amazing anecdotes of neurofeedback quickly and definitively helping with whole clusters of symptoms in childhood. Unfortunately, neurofeedback has not received the funding for rigorous, controlled studies. So we don't really know how well this works, but of course drugs are the most common treatment for ADHD and they have side effects and, where successful, only work while you're on them. This is a persuasive and hopeful book, and it includes information on how to find a neurofeedback practitioner. However I wish there was more information about nuts and bolts kinds of issues like: what to expect during a treatment sessions parents want to know what they'd be subjecting their kids to , how soon one can expect to see results, how long one needs to remain in treatment, etc.
I was also a bit disappointed that much of the book isn't about neurofeedback but about other drug-free interventions for childhood psychological issues. Filling placement is necessary to treat cavities and prolong the longevity of the natural teeth. Home Suggested Reading. Contact Info clock Phone: Ask the Experts. The patient is anesthetized using local anesthesia such as Carbocaine for short procedures, Lidocaine for medium length sessions, and Marcaine for multiple fillings.