Neurofeedback provides a method of measuring and providing feedback related to brain function. The appropriate use of the feedback allows us to teach the brain how to function more efficiently. The client is provided observable information related to the brain’s actions ( ie. video presentations). The feedback is then used to reward the client for changing his or her brain patterns to ones that have been demonstrated to be more appropriate patterns. This rewarding of patterns is a gradual learning process (often referred to as shaping). Neurofeedback is a self regulating technique that allows the nervous system to function at its personal best. It is essentially biofeedback for the brain.
What is it used for?
Neurofeedback assist in managing problems related to brain dysregulation. The disorders that are related to brain dysregulation include:
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
How does Neurofeedback Work?
Surface sensors are applied to the scalp. The sensors receive electrical activity from the brain which allows the subject and the clinician to monitor brainwave activity. The information is analyzed by a computer and the information is presented to the client on the computer’s monitor. The feedback can be in the form of graphs, pictures and game activities that help the client learn to control the activity. There are some waves we want to increase and others we want to decrease so that the brain function can be in balance. When the information is presented in the form of a video game, the client is learning by playing the game with his or her brain. There are specific frequencies that are targeted depending upon the specific conditions that are being treated.