An Introduction to Neurofeedback

 

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Neurofeedback
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At Provo Canyon School, students aged eight to 18 receive targeted clinical treatment for a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues. To meet the needs of each individual student, Provo Canyon School uses a variety of therapeutic methodologies and tools, including biofeedback and neurofeedback.

Also known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback helps clients develop an understanding and ultimately increased control over their own brain patterns. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure that begins with the placement of specialized sensors on the scalp and ears. These sensors transmit information to a device that creates a visual representation of brain waves, which the professional conducting the test can then show to the client.

The display also features a computerized character, the speed and brightness of which corresponds to particular mental states. Brain waves in a desirable frequency will cause the character to travel faster and look more vivid, whereas less desirable frequencies will impede the character’s performance. In learning to control the character and succeed at the game, the client learns how to control his or her brain waves.

Thus far, clients and therapists have used EEG biofeedback to achieve positive changes in a variety of diagnoses, including anxiety and depression, in addition to attachment disorder and conduct disorder. Clients often begin to see progress in 10 sessions and meet initial goals in 20 sessions, though certain cases and diagnoses may require more or less time.

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