Help to Regulate Various Mental States

Learning disorders involve difficulty learning and using academic skills, this includes: Difficulty reading; difficulty understanding the meaning of what is read; difficulty with spelling; difficulties with written expression; Difficulty mastering number sense, number facts or calculation; difficulties with mathematical reasoning; These difficulties can be rated as mild, moderate or severe (DSM-V, APA 2013).

With learning disabilities and learning performance, neurofeedback training has been able to achieve improvements in performance on tasks assessing, visual motor integration, reading, arithmetic, spelling, semantic working memory, reading comprehension and creative thinking.

Neurofeedback can help the central nervous system more adaptively regulate its states of alertness, arousal, and emotional control (Othmer et al., 1999)

Treating learning difficulties with Neurofeedback training

Treating learning difficulties by focused brain area activation

Treating Learning Difficulties with Neurofeedback Training

Using neurofeedback training to assist with learning difficulties.

Neurofeedback has demonstrated it can improve IQ scores, and “helps children with learning disabilities reverse neurological and/or physiological processes” (Tansey 1991).  A review of work with learning disabilities from 1984 to May 1998 concluded, “…functional imaging and EEG-biofeedback may yield near-term breakthroughs in the remediation of various specific learning disabilities that have been relatively intractable to date.” (Othmer et al.,1999)

Kaiser (1997) demonstrated the efficacy of neurofeedback in treating adults with attentional deficits, his results were very impressive as his subjects had all tried numerous prior treatments including stimulant medication with little or no success for over 20 to 30 years.

Other Factors

Often when people present with a particular issue e.g. learning difficulties, there may be many other factors or issues that are present such as mood, anxiety, attention, social or other deficits that all impact on functioning for that person, young or old. 

Focusing on Areas

“Specific learning problems can be treated by generally activating the brain location associated with the specific problem.” (Chapin & Russell-Chapin, 2014, p.148).  For example, dyslexia, an information processing problem, can be trained by focusing on specific brain areas and rewarding and inhibiting the appropriate frequencies.

Neurotherapy Case Studies

The boys in the following case studies had received years of prior treatment which included medication for one and psychotherapy for both.  Substantial improvements were attained using neurofeedback for both of these boys without any reported side effects.  
Neurofeedback is a safe and non-invasive intervention. The number of sessions needed to regulate and achieve sustainable results varies for each individual.

Neurofeedback training for learning difficulties

Case Study 1:

A 15 year old boy who had significant impairments in his functioning both at school and at home, which had necessitated psychiatric hospitalisations and placement in a specialised school for children with emotional handicaps. His diagnoses included ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, bipolar disorder, and learning disabilities in reading, math, spelling, and writing.  He received 40 neurofeedback sessions. By the end of treatment he was attending the public school in his community and doing well academically.  His emotions and behaviour were under good control.  His relationships with other family members had become much more harmonious and positive.  His violent ideation and inappropriate verbalisations were greatly decreased.  Improvements were also noted in the areas of his specific learning deficits.  (Jacobs, 2008, p.57)

Neurofeedback therapy to help with learning difficulties

Case Study 2:

A 10 year old boy had serious deficits with attention, organisation, social functioning, and spatial processing, as well as anxiety, these deficits impaired his functioning at home, at school, and with peers. His diagnoses included ADHD, nonverbal learning disability, and anxiety disorder. He received 39 neurofeedback sessions. He showed improvements in his social interaction, social acceptability, control over anger, attention to task at home and at school, and ability to interact with others without undue stress.  His grades in school had improved. His functioning at school, at home and with peers had substantially improved, and both he and his father expressed great satisfaction with the changes.  (Jacobs, 2008, p.56)

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Chapin, T., & Russell-Chapin, L. (2014).  Neurotherapy and Neurofeedback: Brain based treatment for psychological and behavioural problems. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York.
Jacobs, E. (2008) Neurofeedback treatment of two children with learning, attention, mood, social, and developmental deficits. Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience. 9:4, 55-70.
Kaiser, D.A. (1997). Efficacy of neurofeedback on adults with attentional deficit and related disorders. Encino, CA: EEG Spectrum Inc.
Othmer, S., Othmer, S.F., Kaiser, D.A. (1999) EEG biofeedback: Training for AD/HD ad related disruptive behaviour disorders.  In J.A. Incorvaia, B.S. Mark-Goldstein, & Tessmer (Eds.), Understanding, diagnosing and treating AD/HD in children and adolescents: An integrative approach (pp. 235-296). Northvale,NJ:Aronson Press.
Tansey, M. (1991). Weschler (WISC-R) changes following treatment of learning disabilities via EEG biofeedback training in a private setting.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 43, 147-153.