Bio-feedback to lessen ADHD symptoms

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Bio-feedback to lessen ADHD symptoms
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 11:38pm

Anyone out there ever heard of or had their kids participate in biofeedback training?  Wondering if it was helpful for you...??

My children, ages 8 (boy) and 6 (girl), have the opportunity to work with a psychology center that for biofeedback which is supposed to lessen ADHD inattentiveness symptoms.  The psychology center partners with a well-known university that reviews their data and compiles research on the effectiveness of this program. 

I don't know anyone else in our community that has participated in this, although I spend a great deal of time in therapy centers for the various therapies my kids receive (OT, PT and ST) and talk to a lot of parents while waiting.  The treatments are not harmful; the kids just watch a movie with electrodes on their heads (attached at the locations of damage to their brains; which happens to be the

frontal lobe for both my children, typical for ADHD).  The movie will only play when the child is paying attention to it.  When their attention shifts, the clinician just tells them to "do what you were doing before so the movie will play again"-- something to that effect. 

Both my kids have pretty significant ADHD according to pediatricians and psychiatrists.  I used to work in special education, and I agree with the drs. My children do take ADHD meds and would be treated while on the meds.   

Thanks for you input in advance.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 07-19-2013 - 12:46pm

My son hasn't but I'm very interested to see what others have to say.  If my son were younger, he's 15 now, I would probably try it.  It doesn't sound like it would do any harm.