Friday, December 01, 2006

Self-Regulation with Neurofeedback Reduces ADHD Behaviors

The data look pretty good in this study of 8-13 year old children taught to self-regulate slow cortical potentials using a neurofeedback a computer program. Parents and teacher ratings improved, as did academic achievement.

The research comes from a collaboration between the NIH and University of Tubingen.

Self-Regulation with Neurofeedback Reduces ADHD Behaviors
ENL Blog: Focusing Attention with Meditation and Biofeedback
ENL Blog: Efficacy of Working Memory Training for ADHD | Too Many Kids Diagnosed with ADHD

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  1. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Liz here from I speak of Dreams.

    This is interesting and promising stuff, but...

    How long do you think it will be until some unscrupulous operator opens a chain of neurofeedback "clinics" with fancy bells and whistles, claiming to "cure ADHD with neurofeedback?

  2. You raise an important issue.

    For most people, attention and self-regulation will improve with practice - whether it's computer-based or not - and certainly there's a rush of commercial ventures now heading into the "train-your-brain" camp.

    Some of the available options are clearly over-priced, although they may also help some students. It's also not a trivial matter finding out which student would benefit from which program, at a particular point in time.

    Buyers should beware, though, because at least at present these commercial products are pretty unregulated.

    All-in-all, though, we welcome the development of more neuroscience-informed programs. With more competition, some of the prices will drop, and importantly there will be more options for different needs.

    It may be that there will be more regulation (federal?) of the various claims of brain-training programs in the future.

  3. CLT NC Parent4:15 PM

    From link in Self-Reg. I clicked to the link on Working Memory and ADHD, July 18, 2005. My child has CAPD, slow processing and low working memory, but not ADHD. The child's GAI is 112 when the scores related to this are taken out but with them - WISK IV is 93. Last summer did FastForward raising ScanA from 37 to 54. Is seeing a speech therapist and also OT for mild to moderate dispraxia. The child is 13 1/2 - do you think there is real hope for more CAPD improvement or improvement for processing speed and working memory? Your blog is part of my weekly reading and I am gateful you spend time sharing.

  4. Marie6:24 AM

    I clicked back to your earlier post about the WildDivine software. Can you post any further comments on it now that you've used it for a while? Also, have you seen/tried their newer software?