When most people concentrate, their brain speeds up. This helps them plan, organize, and direct their thoughts, attention and feelings. Unfortunately, for people with ADHD the more they try to concentrate, the more their brain slows down making it even harder to pay attention and organize their thinking. Neurofeedback solves the problem by giving people the experience of using their brains more effectively. They learn to speed up their brainwaves, which is associated with increased activation of the brain. This cannot be done by just telling a child to “pay attention.” Talking about it is different from actually having the experience. For example, talking about riding a bicycle is vastly different from actually riding a bicycle. Neurofeedback can greatly improve the behavior and learning abilities of children and adults. It is noninvasive and it doesn’t hurt. In fact, most children actually like it and look forward to their therapy sessions.
Neurofeedback monitors the child’s brain activity and gives the information back to the child in an array of computer games, lights, and/or sounds. This information is nonverbal and nonintellectual. After Neurofeedback therapy children with ADHD usually make much better grades in reading, math and conduct. They sleep better, and they get along with their family and friends better.
Based on the current research, the American Academy of Pediatrics listed Neurofeedback as a level one, best practices intervention for children with ADD/ADHD and put it in equal standing with medication. However, treating ADD/ADHD with neurofeedback has no side effects and unlike medication, it continues to work when the course of treatment is complete.