When scientists initially proposed neurofeedback as a potential technique for treating ADHD, some healthcare professionals were skeptical. Nowadays, this approach has proved highly effective in helping teens with this condition improve focus.
In a recent post by additudemag.com, Vincent Monastra Ph.D. offers an in-depth explanation of how this procedure works. For ADHD teens who often find distractions difficult to ignore, neurofeedback can be a viable solution.
In fact, experts claim that after 15-to-20 sessions, teens begin to show significant signs of improvement in terms of focus.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a computer-aided technique that impacts brainwave activity, resulting in significant changes across memory, cognition, and focus. This science-backed method is designed to train the most important organ in our body – the brain.
In a way, neurofeedback is like a video game. By wearing a specially-designed helmet which tracks brain activity and a display for live feedback, teens can control different images using their brain.
How can neurofeedback help your ADHD teen?
One of the major problems teens with ADHD often face is the inability to remain focused on a task more than a minute. In other words, they are easily distracted and tend to “zone out” during social interactions. As you can imagine, this creates a lot of difficulties and ‘tensions’ both at home and at school.
With neurofeedback, your teen can train his focus just as if he were training a muscle. From this perspective, we could argue that neurofeedback is a form of ‘fitness exercise’ for the brain.
The secret is getting the brain to produce the ‘right’ kind of waves. For example, a focused mind is characterized by waves that pulsate at around 13-21 cycles per second. By helping teens remain in this “brain mode” for as long as possible, neurotherapists can train attention and concentration.
And there are many other mental abilities that we can ‘exercise’ and improve thanks to this revolutionary technique.
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