Neurofeedback, Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities

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The moment a child with learning disabilities enters the classroom, he or she is confronted with numerous challenges. Children with dyslexia and other disabilities can be made to feel stupid, in spite of the fact that they may work much harder than the rest of their classmates just to keep up. For these children, frustration and discouragement are a daily part of life.

For many years, no one really knew how to deal with learning disabilities like dyslexia because experts were unable to pinpoint its cause. Most educators simply ended up trying different methods of teaching, and some would give up and write these children off as slow or unworthy of the extra attention, or conclude that they weren't trying hard enough. Now, however, there may be a helpful tool for children with learning disabilities--a therapy known as neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback therapy uses information about the brain's electrical energy, or brain waves, to literally change the way the brain works. Many children with learning disabilities are simply stuck, so to speak, in the wrong brain wavelength patterns. But through neurofeedback, their brains might be able to be taught to operate on an entirely new level. In fact, a 1985 study found that children with learning disorders who were treated with neurofeedback therapy showed an average IQ increase of nineteen points.

Relatively few full-scale studies on neurofeedback and learning disorders have been conducted, but in several case studies, children have shown remarkable improvement after neurofeedback therapy. An added benefit of neurofeedback treatment is that, unlike many other forms of therapy, it can actually be fun for children, and it can also be quite empowering.

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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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