What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback Therapy is a safe computerized treatment that normalizes the abnormal brain wave patterns in patients with ADD, ADHD, ASD, and Learning Disabilities.
Children and adults who struggle with these disorders have been shown to have an abnormal EEG pattern. Individuals with ADD and ADHD typically have a pattern that involves two distinct brain waves called beta and theta. Beta waves are a “fast” activity pattern that occurs during tasks which require focused concentration such as reading, mathematics, or listening. In the ADD, ADHD, and LD patient, the Beta EEG pattern is usually to low to sustain attention. A second distinct EEG frequency has also been identified in patients with the above conditions. This EEG pattern is called Theta. This is a large slow wave that normally occurs while you are tired, distracted or day dreaming. Among the ADD, ADHD, ASD and LD patients, Theta is usually abnormally high even when the afflicted person is trying to concentrate and focus attention.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) include Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger’s. These are life-changing, family-altering conditions usually diagnosed in childhood after heartbroken parents have endured multiple appointments and conflicting diagnoses. Behavioral treatments have been the traditional options for ASD. Medication treatments have had marginal success.
Neurofeedback (EEG or brainwave biofeedback) as a vital part of the treatment plan for these children, adolescents and adults is now being offered by The Linden Attention Learning Center, one of the first in the world. Neurofeedback is not a substitute for behavioral and social treatment approaches. However, our treatment experience is showing remarkable improvements in these patients’ attention and behavior. This is making the traditional behavioral treatments more effective. We have seen nonverbal ASD patients begin to use language. We have seen them increase eye contact and increase their socialization dramatically. And to their parents astonishment, and ours, we have seen patients develop a sense of humor. The improvements with ASD students are the most remarkable results we have seen in our 30 years of providing Neurofeedback Therapy. We are excited for the parents and children struggling with these conditions.
A breakthrough occurred when we began to view Autism as a unique attentional problem related to ADD and ADHD. This theory has been adopted by many clinicians and researchers today, as ASD & ADD share some of the same abnormal genes and neurotransmitters. We call this the “ADD-Asperger’s-Autism Connection.” There are, however, many significant differences from ADD.
Early EEG Biofeedback researchers were inspired by this reconceptualization of Autism as an attentional problem. An examination of the brainwaves of the autistic patient consistently revealed an abnormal EEG signature. The autistic EEG signature is different from the ADD signature, however.
Whereas the ADD patient doesn’t produce enough Beta (fast) Wave activity, most ASD patients produce too much Beta activity! Simply stated, their brains appear to be over focusing.
This over stimulation of the brain contributes to many known ASD behaviors such as a fascination with certain things, obsessions, repetitive rituals or other self-stimulating behaviors. This is why we see stereotypic interest in water, toys (Legos), video games, favorite movements and other repetitive behaviors.
In the figure below, the red color in the top area of the bottom quarter (Beta division) shows an over focused pattern of brain activity in this autistic patient. This is all possible to identify and treat today because of the development of the QEEG Maps (which look like MRI pictures but without the use of chemicals or radiation)
The second identifiable pattern among the ASD patient is an abnormal EEG or seizure pattern. This can be mild or severe and occurs in one third of ASD patients. At The Attention Learning Center we have found it invaluable to have a neurologist review every EEG map, this is vital for the ASD patients.
Neurofeedback Therapy targets the over-production of fast wave activity in the Autistic or Asperger’s patient and trains them to lower it. The procedure is similar to treating the ADD patient although the treatment protocol is almost the exact opposite!
The ASD Treatment Program at is led by Dr. Michael Linden. Dr. Linden has been a pioneer in this field since 1984 and is widely recognized for his training and research throughout the country. His innovations include the development of brain mapping technology (QEEG Map) to diagnosis ASD, as well as the use of continuous performance tests (IVA) to measure Neurofeedback improvements with ASD.
Dr. Linden’s commitment to quality treatment include individual neurofeedback sessions for each patient. Group training methods used by some treatment centers fail to provide the support needed for by ASD students to increase their chances for a successful outcome. ASD students require close supervision during therapy to provide frequent prompting, redirection and encouragement.
The research on this treatment is emerging and very promising. Jaruesiewicz, (2002), Journal of Neurotherapy found improvements in attention, behavior, communication and socialization of students with Autism. The results were so successful that one of the largest school districts in New Jersey has approved Neurofeedback as a covered treatment. Dr. Robert Coben, who co-presents with Dr. Linden at many national Neurofeedback meetings, has recently completed a study of QEEG Guided Neurofeedback showing significant improvement on parent and teacher rating scales, CPT tests and QEEG maps. This study has been presented at the September 2005 ISNR meeting and the April 2006 AAPB meeting. 2009 Article: QEEG Subtypes of Autistic Spectrum Disorder
American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes Neurofeedback as being as effective as medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The American Academy of Pediatrics has just announced that EEG biofeedback is now “Level 1”- “Best Support” intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors (ADD and ADHD) for “Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions.” This important announcement recognizes the powerful effects of EEG Biofeedback in providing a non-invasive, non-drug treatment for ADD/ADHD as well as a wide rage of other disorders.
Your Next Step
Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Linden. Or if you prefer, you can attend a free seminar to learn more about QEEG and NeuroFeedback Therapy for the ASD patient. Please feel assured, we will do everything possible to ensure a successful treatment outcome for your loved one.
we want to remain the BEST.
The patient is taught to naturally condition the brain wave patterns mentioned above to more normal levels without the aid of medication. This is accomplished by allowing them to see the feedback/brain waves they are producing with the assistance of a very sophisticated computer program in a simple game-like format.
Parents of children are given feedback on the progress and are encouraged to get involved learn about how their treatment is best translated to success at home and at school.
For example, an LD child might work on increasing beta waves while a puzzle or race type game animation rewards him/her whenever the optimal beta brain wave thresholds are met. This process works not only to condition the brain increasing the desired beta brain waves, but also creates an awareness of what the calm and alert focus state feels like. It’s like a light switch for many people not only changing the physiology of the brain so the desired brain waves are more prevalent, but allowing for awareness which can only be achieved with the use of this instantaneous feedback.
Attention Learning Center prides itself in the highest quality neurofeedback treatment directed by Dr. Michael Linden, a pioneer in the industry for over 30 years and author of numerous research articles and books. He can be trusted to provide the best quality treatment. After reviewing the QEEG brain map and setting the specific and individualized protocols, your or your son/daughter’s treatment will be administered by one of our skilled neurofeedback therapists. All sessions are one on one, to provide the best results and comfort. As our patients come in different ages and diagnoses, it is only appropriate that the sessions are not in a group format.
Dr. Linden treats each and every case with great attention. With computerized IVA testing at every ten sessions, repeated QEEG brain maps, as well as interval sessions with Dr. Linden to review progress, the treatment is continually tailored to ensure the success throughout. This is the type of quality you can expect from Dr. Linden and the Attention Learning Center Staff.
NeuroFeedback Therapy can be a vital component of the patient’s treatment plan but it isn’t for everyone or should be started at anytime. This is very important to your child and family given the complex nature of this condition. Unlike some of our local competitors, we will only recommend Neurofeedback Therapy if we think the outcome will be positive and if other functional things (motivation, parenting) are not a significant obstacle
For example, a family may be in crisis because a student is extremely depressed, using drugs, out of control at home, or on the verge of being dismissed from school. In these instances, we are uniquely equipped to handle these crises with individual, family and/or marital therapy and medication, if necessary, to quickly stabilize the situation. (We have experienced psychiatrists we work with, with a practice philosophy that utilizes medication as a temporary aide, not a permanent solution).
Many of the schools, hospitals, churches, pediatrician and physician offices in Orange County and San Diego are familiar with our ability to handle crises and refer these patients consistently. We are honored by their trust. Child and family counseling, social skills training, behavioral/parenting therapy, support groups, school consultation and medication are available from experienced Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Be careful of treatment centers or doctors that only use medication, Neurofeedback therapy, or who rely only upon “talk therapy”. We feel these are often substandard practices for complex and potentially devastating disorders.
Neurofeedback-3 with ASD
Now Neurofeedback can be done in the comfort of your own home or other location away from our centers! We have a program designed to provide treatment remotely to our clients allowing us to not only serve the out-of -area population, but for those who prefer to have the convenience of having the treatment at home or anywhere..
Our remote sessions are run just as our in-office sessions with a dedicated expertly trained neurofeedback therapist providing one-on-one treatment and supervision. This is done through a real time internet connection and camera ensuring that the training is proceeding as planned and so the therapist can provide the necessary coaching on strategies. The therapist has full remote access to the off-site computer and system allowing instant adjustments to be made.
What is required?
The parents or adult patients are required to be in our physical office for an initial appointment with center director, Dr. Michael Linden, the testing and a brief orientation/training on the hook up and use of the home equipment. The rest of the training is all handled remotely by the therapist!
Do I have to learn how to run the software?
No, all of this is handled by the therapist who has remote access to the system. This includes setting up protocols, managing thresholds and running the session. We train you to attach the sensors to your family member and then just turn on the computer.
How is progress monitored?
Progress Review Appointments can be conducted via Skype or in person if desired. Periodic assessments are reviewed by Dr. Linden accurate measures of progress and to individually adjust the settings to assure the most successful results.
How can I get started?
Please feel free to contact us to schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Linden and for more information on pricing and system requirements. There are many options that we can customize to suite your needs!
Have your child ready for the fall semester…
Click here to print flyer
The Attention Learning Center offers an accelerated summer treatment program for children with ADD, ADHD, LD, Autism and Asperger’s. The purpose of this summer program is to complete NeuroFeedback Training before the beginning of the Fall school semester.
Training sessions can be scheduled four to six times a week with available times from 8AM to 6PM. Appointment times are on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be booked in advance.
Call today to make arrangements to begin the Intensive Summer Treatment Program.
For more information on the
Summer NeuroFeedback Therapy Program
please call: 949-489-3233 or (800) 233-9117