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Neurofeedback, Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities

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Children find neurofeedback sessions entertaining because many therapists use computer games to bring about the desired changes in brain function. During the sessions, the therapist attaches thin leads to the child's scalp using a water-based gel. This is completely comfortable and pain-free. Some children may have even seen this procedure on TV shows. An EEG machine then reads the child's brain waves and responds in certain ways.

For instance, some machines are connected to computer screens with games that involve getting an airplane to fly or a DVD movie to play. When child's brain is in the right mode, so to speak, the game responds the way they want it to. After several neurofeedback sessions, the child's brain may learn to operate within the normal frequencies, and when the therapy is complete, the brain may continue to function effortlessly within these frequencies.

In addition to helping the child overcome learning disabilities, the ability to play a game using only their mind can give a tremendous boost to a child's self-esteem. Children with learning disabilities can spend all of their school years just trying to get things right. Now, however, they have visible proof that their mind can make things happen. This is especially powerful if children start to notice real-life differences after their first 10 - 20 neurofeedback sessions.

If you know a child who struggles with a learning disorder, you no doubt want to do everything in your power to help that child operate at his or her full potential. Neurofeedback is one therapy that may do this for children.

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Dr. Clare Albright is a psychologist and neurofeedback practitioner in Orange County, CA. She is the author of, "Neurofeedback: Tranforming Your Life with Brain Biofeedback" Dr. Albright has been counseling in Orange County for over 26 years.
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