Let’s face it, being a child is no game. Children are expected to perform at their best while being overwhelmed with new information every day. Their minds are in a continuous process of reshaping, their bodies are constantly changing and, like all of us, they are trying to make sense of what is happening around them.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. As parents, we want them to succeed, we want them to reach academic success and be happy. And for that, we need all the support we can get.
Neurofeedback is great in managing developmental and behavioral disorders. It can also be an efficient way of improving performance. Let’s see why neurofeedback is the tool your village needs to raise the child.
In the formative years, it’s important to get all the support needed to overcome developmental struggles. Apart from the everyday challenge of growing up, many children struggle with:
Any one of these issues can make a child feel frustrated, it can affect their home life and their school work. Children suffering from these symptoms are often misunderstood and even categorized as problematic, lazy, or disinterested.
The truth is, we all have our bad days, even without being afflicted by a disorder. Receiving the proper care at a young age improves the child’s quality of life and prevents the issues from being carried into adulthood.
Neurofeedback supports children who deal with these symptoms by helping their brains to get better on their own.
Neurofeedback method is a non-invasive way of helping children to regulate their own brain activity into healthier patterns. For example, children with ADHD learn what it means to stay focused and concentrate on a single task.
Playing games is an inherent part of being a child. It’s also something we carry with us into adulthood, a playful desire to frolic, compete, and create. But playing is not necessarily just for fun, it’s about making sense of what’s going on around us. About understanding the rules and participating in creating an environment.
When we play, whether live sports or video games, we create muscle memory, we practice dexterity, challenge our instincts, and we form new thought patterns.
In neurofeedback, these principles are applied to activate the brain activity we want to improve. Neurofeedback is often described as a type of brain training because it forms that “muscle memory” needed to manage the symptoms of certain disorders.
Some of the concerns when taking a child to any kind of new activity are:
Trying to get them to stay still and follow instructions is difficult, no matter their willingness. This is where neurofeedback has an edge. For the most part, the exercises practiced during neurofeedback sessions resemble video games, which can be appealing and encouraging for them.
During neurofeedback sessions, the children perform engaging exercises that provide audio-visual feedback similar to using a mouse or a controller on a computer. Only instead of using an external device, they will use their minds.
No, this is not a magic trick. The EEG sensors measure the child’s brain activity and transmit the information to a software. The program interprets the impulses and performs the activity. This process will keep the children interested in the sessions enough so they can get the best results.
Poor academic performance is not an indicator of a lack of potential, it just illustrates the current situation. Even for children who are not dealing with a disorder of sorts, getting motivated might be difficult. With the rise of technology and all the information available through multiple channels, our attention span has decreased. Neurofeedback sessions can improve academic performance by improving their concentration levels and their ability to process information.
On the other hand, children who work relentlessly towards their goals, who practice and push their limits every day, also need the tools to manage their stress levels, boost their performance, and accomplish their goals.
Used by athletes, CEOs, and even NASA, neurofeedback can be a method of improving physical and intellectual performance. Brain training sessions can set your child on a path to success, both for their professional future and their personal development.
If you need help to manage symptoms of developmental disorders or if you are curious about how neurofeedback works and what it can do for your child, I am here for you. Reach out and schedule a free consultation with a trained professional.